Brazil denies gold to USA, Huskies Thompson and Miyashiro

Brazil denies gold to USA, Huskies Thompson and Miyashiro

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Brazil's Thaisa Menezes (L) and Sheilla Castro try to block a spike by US Logan Tom during the women's volleyball gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympics Games, in London on August 11, 2012.

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 11 at 12:52 PM

LONDON  -- Destinee wasn't enough for the United States.

Brazil upset the U.S. 3-1 for a second straight Olympic gold medal in women's volleyball. It was the Americans' only loss of the tournament.

The U.S. team includes former University of Washington Huskies Courtney Thompson and Tamari Miyashiro. Thompson grew up in Kent, Wash.

In a rematch of the 2008 Beijing final, which the Brazilians also won 3-1 for their first gold in the sport, second-ranked Brazil rebounded from a disastrous first set to win 11-25, 25-17, 25-20 25-17.

Destinee Hooker, the second-best scorer in London and the star of the top-ranked U.S. team, was held to 14 points.

Brazil became the third team to repeat as gold medalist. The Soviet Union won in 1968 and 1972, while Cuba won three straight starting with the 1992 Barcelona Games.

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