Olympic gold medalist Walewska Oliveira has passed away suddenly at the age of 43. Oliveira, who competed in volleyball for Brazil and secured gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, also took part in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, earning a bronze medal, and the 2004 Athens Olympics.
She tragically passed away in Sao Paulo, and the cause of her death has not been publicly confirmed. During her debut for Brazil in 1998, Oliveira contributed to her country’s success in achieving a silver medal at the World Championship. She also played a key role in reaching two World Cup finals while representing her nation.
Following this heartbreaking news, the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV) expressed its sorrow and deep regret, stating, “With sadness and immense regret, the CBV received the news of the death of Olympic champion Walewska on Thursday night. At this difficult time, CBV sympathizes with the family and friends of this great player.” CBV President Radames Lattari added, “Walewska was a special player, and her career in the sport will forever be remembered and revered. At this difficult time, CBV sympathizes with the family and friends of this great player.”
Oliveira retired from the sport in 2022, and upon announcing her decision, she remarked, “My career was beautiful. I have a lot to thank everyone, Praia Clube for ending my career here, for participating in this group. I will cherish this moment for the rest of my life.”
Throughout her career, Oliveira represented 11 different clubs, including teams in Italy, Spain, Russia, and her native Brazil. Her most recent team, Praia Clube, where she had two stints, expressed their condolences, stating, “Brazilian volleyball and the sports community have lost a true legend, and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”