Brazil volleyball star faints during courtside interview

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Two-time Brazil Olympic volleyball champion Jaqueline Carvalho fainted during an on-court interview while attending a match on Tuesday.

Carvalho, known as “Jaque” in Brazil, fainted due to heat in the arena and lay on the court for a few minutes before being taken to a hospital and recovering, according to Globo.

The 35-year-old, recently retired from the national team, evolved into a star as part of Brazil’s back-to-back Olympic title teams in 2008 and 2012 and its superstar going into the Rio Games, where the host lost in the quarterfinals.

Jaque endured setbacks earlier in her career, from a significant vein blockage in her right hand that doctors initially feared would require amputation to being stretchered off the court in 2011 with a fractured vertebra from a collision.

She also served a three-month ban in 2007 after testing positive for a banned stimulant that she said she probably ingested from a cup of tea, according to The Associated Press.

Jaque married fellow Brazil Olympic volleyball player Murilo Endres in 2009. A team official compared Brazil media coverage of the birth of their son, Arthur, in 2013 to that of Prince William and Kate Middleton in Great Britain.

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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