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Bruno Schmidt, Olympic beach volleyball champ, out of hospital after coronavirus infection

Bruno Schmidt

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18, 2016: Brazil’s Bruno Schmidt reacts after winning the men’s beach volleyball gold medal match against Italy at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, at the Beach Volleyball Arena. The Brazilian team won the game 2-0. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

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Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Bruno Schmidt was discharged Sunday after a 13-day hospitalization with a lung problem due to a coronavirus infection, his manager confirmed.

Bruno, a 34-year-old Brazilian, spent five of those 13 days in an intensive-care unit. He is expected to recover soon, his team’s coach said, according to O Globo.

Bruno, a 6-foot-1 defensive standout known as “the Magician,” won the Rio Olympic title with Alison Cerutti, a 6-foot-8 blocker nicknamed “Woolly Mammoth” with a matching rib tattoo.

The pair split in 2018.

In 2019, Bruno began playing with Evandro Goncalves, a 2017 World champion with Andre Loyola. The duo was named one of Brazilian’s Tokyo Olympic pairs by the end of the year. The other Tokyo Olympic pair: Alison and his new partner, Alvaro Filho.

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