The US women’s soccer team showed it’s dominance once again, by defeating Brazil for the gold medal.
I have noted to a few friends who call to offer their condolences that it is a wonder the women’s team made it that far at all, given the male dominance of sports in Brazil. I took a couple of college students to Brazil once, and one of them–a girl–wanted to play basketball. The guys would not let her play, even though she was probably better than most of them. About the only sport women play casually with any regularity in Brazil is volleyball. Not surprisingly, the Brazilian women eliminated the US women in volleyball.
One interesting contest coming up will be the US/Brazil women’s basketball matchup–in the likely event that Brazil beats Australia.
These two teams have become rivals over the years. There are a couple of players on the Brazilian squad who play for the WNBA.