Posted tagged ‘Brazil’

Amazon Tribe Finds Plane Crash Survivors

October 31, 2009

Pretty amazing story coming out of Brazil today as a tribe of Indians located nine survivors of a plane that crashed in a river in the Amazon rain forest with 11 people onboard.

From CNN:

Of the two people missing — a passenger and a crew member — one is believed to be dead. The air force did not provide further details.

The plane was on its way to deliver health supplies Thursday when it crashed. It had taken off from Cruzeiro do Sul in Acre state and was headed to Tabatinga in Amazonas state.

The plane landed in the Itui River between the tribe settlements of Aurelio and Rio Novo. Indians of the Matis tribe, who live in Aurelio, initially located the plane and alerted the Brazilian air force, which sent search planes to the site.

Before the passengers were located, at least eight aircraft had been dispatched for the search operation, the air force said.

Arturo Gatti Dies at 37

July 11, 2009

Former boxing champion Arturo Gatti has been found dead in a Brazil hotel room at the age of 37. According to reports, Gatti was found covered in blood. He was in Brazil for his second honeymoon with his wife and 10-month-old baby.

From the Associated Press:

Police investigator Edislon Alves told The Associated Press that the body of the former junior welterweight champ was discovered Saturday morning in the posh seaside resort of Porto de Galinhas, where he arrived on Friday with his wife and 1-year-old son.

A spokeswoman for the public safety department said Gatti’s wife and son were unhurt.

“There were no bullet or stab wounds on his body, but police did find blood stains on the floor,” the spokeswoman said.

US Men’s Soccer Team Shocks Spain

June 24, 2009

It’s not the “Miracle on Ice” but this is definitely a huge win for the US!

From Reuters:

United States ended Spain’s record winning streak with a shock 2-0 victory on Wednesday to advance to the final of the Confederations Cup.

Striker Jozy Altidore muscled past the Spanish defence to score the opening goal in the 27th minute and Clint Dempsey pounced on a mistake by Sergio Ramos to grab the second with 16 minutes left.

It was the first defeat in 35 internationals for the European champions, a run stretching back to November 2006. It also ended Spain’s world record of 15 successive wins.

Woman Who Missed Air France Flight Dies in Car Crash

June 11, 2009

Do you believe in fate?

Johanna Ganthaler, an Italian woman who arrived late for the Air France plane flight that crashed in the Atlantic last week, has been killed in a car accident.

From the New York Daily News:

A woman who showed up late to the airport and missed the doomed Air France flight from Brazil died in a car crash a couple of days later, news services reported.

Johanna Ganthaler, an Italian senior citizen, was on vacation with her husband, Kurt, in Brazil and were ticketed to fly on Flight 447 to Paris.

The couple showed up late at Rio de Janeiro’s airport and missed the flight on May 31.

From the Times Online:

The ANSA news agency reported that the couple had managed to pick up a flight from Rio the following day.

It said that Ms Ganthaler died when their car veered across a road in Kufstein, Austria, and swerved into an oncoming truck. Her husband was seriously injured.

US Men’s Volleyball Takes Home the Gold

August 24, 2008

In what could possibly be the greatest story coming out of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing (sorry Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt), the US Men’s Volleyball team defeated defending champion Brazil today to take home the gold medal.

Associated Press/Andy Wong

Credit: Associated Press/Andy Wong

From the Associated Press:

As the crowd roared and his team exulted in its gold medals, the coach of the U.S. men’s volleyball team buried his head in his hands and walked off the court. He had gone from the lowest low to the highest high, and it was all too much.

Hugh McCutcheon needed to be alone.

Just two weeks ago, at the start of the Olympics, his father-in-law had been stabbed to death in Beijing. He stepped away from his job to take care of his family. But his team, stirred by the tragedy, began an incredible run, ending Sunday with a 3-1 victory over defending champion Brazil — a team that they were never expected to beat.

In two weeks of competition, the Americans were undefeated. The 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 final gave the U.S. men their third Olympic gold medal in the sport, matching the record set by the Russians. Top-ranked Brazil, a two-time gold medalist, was left with the silver medal. Russia won the bronze earlier in the day with a three-set victory over Italy.

Usually, the Olympic focus is on the athletes. But the tragedy endured by this coach was an integral part of his team’s story.

This run by Team USA was a;mazing to watch and is just an amazing achievement for a team who was not expected to win gold. Thoughts?

US Women’s Soccer Team Advances to Olympic Finals

August 18, 2008

The US Women’s Soccer team is just one win away from a gold medal after defeating Japan this morning, 4-2. This will be the fourth straight Olympic final for the US, which beat Brazil 2-1 in extra time four years ago in Athens and will have the opportunity to repeat this year.

From the Associated Press:

Angela Hucles scored a goal in each half Monday to lead the United States to a 4-2 soccer win over Japan and another Olympic final against Brazil.

The Americans have played in the Olympic gold medal match every time since women’s soccer debuted at the 1996 Atlanta Games, missing the title only in 2000 in Sydney after a loss to Norway.

The U.S. had to rally from an early deficit Monday after Japan’s Shinobu Ohno opened the scoring in the 16th minute, but Hucles netted the equalizer from the six-meter (yard) line in the 41st and Lori Chalupny put the Americans ahead just three minutes later after beating two defenders inside the area in the 44th.

Heather O’Reilly added to the lead with a long-range shot in the 70th, and Hucles closed the scoring for the U.S. in the 80th with a crossing shot that caught Japan goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto by surprise.

Japan got on the board again with Eriko Arakawa in second-half injury time.

The teams played an open match in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Workers’ Stadium, with both sides creating several scoring chances from the beginning.

The US has built a dynasty in women’s soccer but should get a tough test with Brazil. The US lost to them 4-0 in the semifinals of last year’s World Cup, which also was played in China. Thoughts?

Kerri Walsh, Misty May-Treanor Advance to Semifinals

August 17, 2008

The team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor have defeated Ana Paula and Larissa Franca of Brazil 21-18, 21-15 to advance to the semifinals of the 2008 Summer Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

From ESPN:

Larissa and Ana Paula were forced together when Larrisa’s regular teammate, Julianna, injured her anterior cruciate ligament and pulled out on the eve of the Olympics. The two had never even practiced together until the morning of their first match.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The pink, blue, yellow and green ponchos that appeared early Sunday morning at a rainy Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground gave Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh’s quarterfinal match a rainbow backdrop.

The match — the American duo’s 67th straight international victory — served to underscore May-Treanor and Walsh’s rare longevity as this sport’s most successful partnership.


Credit: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Natacha Pisarenko

The dynamic duo are now just two victories away from another gold medal.