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13/02/2019

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Winning a gold medal in soccer, and not worrying about anything else, is no longer good enough in Brazil with the country holding the Olympics. http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packers-Jahri-Evans-Jersey/ .The country wants to win as many events as it can and finish in the top 10 in the number of overall medals won.A tall order for a country with little Olympic history like Brazil -- but something the host nation thinks is attainable.Of course, soccer is a passion in Brazil, Adriana Bahar, the sports planning general manager for the BOC, told The Associated Press. But now we want to focus on the 41 other disciplines in the Olympics.Countries always get a medal bounce as the Olympic host. China got one in Beijing, Britain in London, and now its Brazils turn to rise.Brazil has won three medals through six full days of competition. Thats one short of what Michael Phelps has claimed on his own, but still a source of pride for the country.Rafaela Silva won gold in judo, Felipe Wu took silver in shooting and Mayra Aguiar has bronze in judo.Despite the early success, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics have yet to catch on across the sprawling metropolitan area of 12 million.Stadiums for basketball and judo have been full. But many venues have been lightly attended, particularly in sports unfamiliar to Brazilians. The opening day of golf appeared to have more rules officials in the gallery than fans.This could change if Brazil starts winning medals to generate a groundswell of interest -- even in the citys impoverished favelas, which are distant from most of the venues, and economically even farther away.Its always good for a home nation to win medals, International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said. Its always goes down well. We hope they do, but the competition doesnt always go how you might hope it would.Soccer defines Brazil, particularly when it comes to the World Cup. But soccer matters less in the Olympics, where Brazil has never won gold.Its more important to win a lot of medals than simply one gold medal in soccer, Brazilian fan Anderson Silveira said, cheering at tennis match on Thursday at the Olympic Park. Id give up a soccer gold medal for doing well and showing we are good in many things.Bahar declined to guess how many medals it will take to finish in the top 10. A good guess is 25, which is 50 percent more than Brazil won in London.As Brazils ambitions have swollen, so has its team with 465 members this time -- almost twice as many as London and Beijing. This is partly because as the host nation, Brazil qualifies automatically for most events. Its also hired 56 foreign coaches to handle the crunch.Brazil has usually done well in volleyball, beach volleyball, judo and sailing. Its picked up a few medals in swimming, track and field, and equestrian events. The idea is to contend in more -- handball, gymnastics, boxing, tennis, canoe sprint and archery.Were working to win medals in places we havent before, and then hold what we have, Bahar said. This is a serious moment for everyone. Its a unique moment, but we hope its not the end. We hope its just one milestone as we establish ourselves.---Stephen Wade on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP .His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/stephen-wade http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packers-Demetri-Goodson-Jersey/ . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Hats/ . PAUL, Minn. http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packers-Jamaal-Williams-Jersey/ .ca NHL Power Rankings for the second straight week, ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. Iceland is facing France in a European Championship quarterfinal on Sunday. Here are five Iceland players to watch:HANNES HALLDORSSONFor much of Halldorssons career, goalkeeping was his side job, while his main income came from directing movies and music videos in Iceland. At Euro 2016 he has a starring role in the tournaments best feelgood story. Now a full-time pro, Halldorsson has been a reliable shot-stopper so far in the tournament, though he did concede a penalty against England when he brought down Raheem Sterling. If the ultimate underdogs can somehow go all the way in Euro 2016, Halldorsson could be a key character in the inevitable Hollywood dramatization.---RAGNAR SIGURDSSONMan of the match against England with a goal and a desperate last-ditch tackle to stop an equalizer, center-back Sigurdsson has seen his stock soar at Euro 2016. Tough in defense, he was more than able to answer England with some English-style physical play of his own. After the game, Sigurdsson was scathing about how England underestimated the Icelanders, saying they thought it would be a walk in the park. Currently at Russian club FC Krasnodar, Icelands co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson predicts clubs across Europe will be rushing to buy Sigurdsson after the tournament.---ARON GUNNARSSONWhile he may play in the English second tier with Cardiff City, the bearded, Viking-like Gunnarsson had the better of Englands Premier League stars in midfield. A tough-tackling, robust presence, he also launches effective long throws which led to goals against Austria and England. The seccond most-capped player in the squad, Gunnarsson has electrified the Icelandic supporters. http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packers-Damarious-Randall-Jersey/. After the final whistle against England, he led the players and fans in a slow clap and chanting ritual with echoes of New Zealands rugby haka.---GYLFI SIGURDSSONNot to be confused with defensive hero Ragnar, Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson reads the game well and plays a key role in Icelands lightning-fast transitions from defense to attack. He was also Icelands top scorer in qualifying with six goals, three of them scored against the Netherlands in upset wins. Sigurdsson takes Icelands penalties and scored his only goal of Euro 2016 from the spot against Hungary in the group stage. By far the best known player in the team which started against England, his time at Swansea and Tottenham Hotspur gave him valuable knowledge of the opposition.---KOLBEINN SIGTHORSSONScorer of the winning goal against England, with a little help from goalkeeper Joe Harts slow reactions, Nantes striker Sigthorsson is capable of causing more upsets against top international teams in the years to come. He has scored 21 goals for his country, putting him five shy of the record at the age of just 26. That record is held by the 37-year-old former Champions League winner Eidur Gudjohnsen, who is still in the squad but is more of a leader in the dressing room than on the field, having made just one brief substitute appearance at Euro 2016. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '