Toronto, Canada, September 17, 2016 - Four of the six teams that claimed medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic competed here this week at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals.
Bruno Schmidt (Brazil, gold medal) - “I am trying to figure out the best spot. Everyone wants to see it. It is a special way to honor the toughest two weeks of my life.”
Robert Meeuwsen (Netherlands, bronze) - “I moved two months ago, and I plan on making a special small closet for it. It is something for me, not for everyone else to see.”
Alexander Brouwer (Netherlands, bronze) - “I plan on building a special frame for it. I built my bed myself, and I plan on using the same wood and combining it with special photos.”
Laura Ludwig (Germany, gold) - “Everyone wants to see it. I have no idea what I’ll do with it next.”
Kira Walkenhorst (Germany, gold) - “When I flew home with it, I put my medal in my carry-on luggage. When security saw the medal in the x-ray, they asked me to pull it, and then we took a picture. It’s heavier than you would think. We’ll see what I end up doing with it.”
April Ross (United States, bronze) - “I have a ceramic moose that hangs above my fireplace. I kept my silver medal on it, and I just put my bronze medal on the other antler.”
Kerri Walsh Jennings (United States, bronze) - “I gave it to my husband, because he earned it. None of this would have been possible without his support and without him stepping up to lead our family and take care of everything when I was gone. He supported me all the way through it. I was planning on giving him a gold, but we ended up winning the bronze, and he was very appreciative of it. I am so grateful to him.”