Though it was the saddest moment in her life, Alexandra do Nascimento (31) can be proud of everything: The top scorer of the 2011 World Championship in Brazil led her team to the group victory in the preliminary round of the Olympic Games in London against tough opponents like four times World champion Russia. Brazil were the best team in the first stage of the tournament, but then were hit hard in the quarter-finals: Though do Nascimento played the match of her life in the first 40 minutes and the South Americans were away by 15:9, a whole nations shed tears in the end. Defending champions Norway rose like Phoenix and turned the match around to reach the semi-finals. Right wing do Nascimento, who has been playing for Austrian Hypo Niederösterreich for ten seasons, showed a brilliant performance in London like she did at the home World Championship 2011, when Brazil took their best ever intercontinental results by finishing fifth. Four times Pan American champion do Nascimento is famous for her counter attack goals and her cold-as-ice shots from the penalty spot.