Alison aims for third Olympic medal in Tokyo
Alison and Alvaro topped the podium in Espinho together
Alison, who topped the podium on Copacabana with former partner Bruno Oscar Schmidt three years ago, could be working his way towards a third-straight Olympic medal as he also secured a silver in London 2012 with Emanuel Rego on his first appearance at the Games.
Until they did. After failing to break into the semifinals of their first seven four- and five-star World Tour events together, the Brazilians topped the podium in Espinho in July. After that finish, they had three consecutive semifinal appearances, including a pair of silver medals that were crucial for their positioning at the top of the Brazilian internal ranking and took third place in the world rankings.
“After the first podium, we had a good run of form and it was great to see our work paying off in a very important moment of the season,” Alison explained. “It was all very intense because a lot happened in such a short period of time, but we managed to control our positive and negative feelings and trust our work and keep our goal in mind at all times.”
One step closer to Tokyo, Alison and Álvaro now have a few more months to refine their game be in a good position to fight for what could be the blocker’s third Olympic medal in as many appearances in the Games.
“Now we’re starting a new planning for our team,” the Olympic champion revealed. “We have ten months until the Games and that’s enough time for us to prepare as well as we need. Our first goal was to secure this spot and now what we want is to make sure we do everything we can so we can play at our best next year.”
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