US soccer, volleyball teams get ready for action in Rio


RIO DE JANEIRO – The U.S Women’s National Soccer team has arrived in Brazil.

They face New Zealand Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Houston Dash player Carli Lloyd says she is ready to defend the gold. The pressure is on to perform.

“It's in our DNA, I think even if we hadn't won the World Cup we'd still be under tremendous pressure to win, so it just comes with the territory, it comes with being the No. 1 team in the world,” Lloyd said.

Athletes from the men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams are also ready to train and prepare for competition.

No other sport embodies Rio more than beach volleyball. The men’s and women’s competition will take place on the world-famous sands of Copacabana Beach.

“Our sport is so embraced by Brazilians. It's going to be amazing to play for such crazy, passionate fans,” Kerri Walsh Jennings said.

“The energy there will take the level of play beyond what we've seen anywhere,” Lauren Fendrick said.

The men’s team in Rio is represented in two pairs. Jake Gibb will be making his third Olympic appearance at the Summer games.

“It's exciting to see all these different countries just develop a program and really start to play good volleyball,” Gibb said. 

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