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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 12, 2007) –The Opening Ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13, at Maracanã Stadium.
Scott-Arruda, a middle blocker on the U.S. Women’s National Indoor Volleyball Team, has been selected to represent the USA delegation as flag bearer at the XV Pan American Games Opening Ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Pan American Games continues through July 29 with the women’s indoor volleyball competition taking place between July 14-19, men’s and women’s beach volleyball between July 16-22 and men’s indoor volleyball schedule going from July 23-28.
“It is such an honor to be nominated to carry our flag into the Opening Ceremonies,” Scott-Arruda said. “It never even crossed by mind that I would be elected to be flag-bearer, but it really means a lot, especially since I was nominated by the other athletes. It is pretty incredible. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Scott-Arruda is a fitting selection to represent the U.S. delegation at the Pan American Games in Brazil. She is competing in her fourth Pan American Games in her home-away-from-home country. Just under a year ago on July 15, 2006, she married Brazilian native Eduardo Arruda.
Scott-Arruda, who is fluent in Portuguese, is more than familiar with Brazil volleyball. Not only has she represented the U.S. against Brazil in world-class volleyball, she has played with them in the professional Brazilian Superliga. Scott-Arruda played for Cimed Macae between November 2006 and the start of the 2007 U.S. National Team season. In addition, she has played professionally in Brazil for a total of four years, spending the 1997-98 off-season playing for Team Nestle and for BCN in Osasco from 1998-2000. Scott-Arruda will again play in Osasco next year, but for Finasa.
“When I first played in Sao Paulo and Brazil, I noticed it was so beautiful and reminded me of my hometown of Baton Rouge in Louisiana, just bigger,” Arruda-Scott said. “The people were very friendly and hospitable. Brazil is definitely one of the top places I could live outside of the United States.”
As for the friendly competition she faces with and against Brazil, Scott-Arruda enjoys every moment of it.
“Team is team anywhere,” Scott-Arruda said in reference to playing professionally in Brazil’s Superliga. “They are competitive and bring a lot of energy to the court. When they play for country, though, they step it up. I think that is true for all nationalities. The Brazilian national team is always competitive and can be feisty. I like that in a team and it helps bring the best out of me. It makes for a good match when the U.S. plays Brazil.”
Scott-Arruda will enjoy the moment of playing together with her U.S. teammates at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil, starting with the opening match against Costa Rica on July 14 at noon ET.
“It’s so exciting to be playing in Brazil as the fan base is really good, so it’s a lot of fun to play here,” Scott-Arruda said. “Brazil is such a passionate country and when you put sports into it, it’s an incredible atmosphere to play in. I’m excited to be playing here with my U.S. teammates and I know we are going to have a great time.”
Scott-Arruda burst onto the international scene during the 1991 Pan American Games held in Havana, Cuba, as the U.S. placed fifth in her initial international experience. She helped Team USA to a silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, followed by a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. She did not compete in the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, but will captain the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Last month, Scott-Arruda was selected to represent USA resident athletes in dedicating the Bob Mathias Pan American Conference Center at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
For a complete bio on Scott-Arruda, click here for her bio. Her personal web site can be found at www.danielle-scott.com".
U.S. PAN AMERICAN GAMES FLAG BEARERS:
1951: Miguel de Capriles, Fencing
1967: Don Schollander, Swimming
1971: Linda Metheny, Gymnastics
1975: Lones Wigger, Shooting
1979: Ann Meyers, Basketball
1983: Denise Curry, Basketball
1987: Jim Abbott, Baseball
1991: Jim Schreiner, Canoe/Kayak
1995: Peter Westbrook, Fencing
1999: Karen Smyers, Triathlon
2003: Carl Eichenlaub, Sailing
2005: Danielle Scott-Arruda, Volleyball
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