Julia Bergmann was first called up to the Brazilian national team in 2019, but this year was the first one in which the 22-year-old outside hitter was able to experience a full international season with the squad.
Committed to college at Georgia Tech, in the United States, she had limited availability to compete internationally for four years, and that made her miss the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, in which Brazil took silver.
In 2023, Julia and her Brazilian teammates finished fifth in the Volleyball Nations League and took gold at the South American Championship before accomplishing their main goal of the season, securing a spot at the Paris 2024 Games during the Volleyball Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Japan.
“It’s great to be with the national team full-time now and since I’m done with college, I can focus only on volleyball,” she told Volleyball World. “Every time I watched a final or just the team playing, like at the Tokyo Olympics or the World Championships, it was hard for me to not be there. I only thought that I wanted to be there with the team and help them. It’s a dream to play at the Olympics and the World Championships and watching it from afar, that’s been motivation for me to work harder so I can be there.”