Brazil was unable to send a team to the 1932 Olympics due to the Great Depression, so the competitors were transported there on a ship loaded with coffee. To pay for their travel, the athletes sold the coffee along the way. The Itaquicê, the ship used to transport the 82 athletes, was funded through coffee sales made during the journey. Organizers only allowed athletes they believed had a chance to win medals to disembark, along with swimmer Maria Lenk, the first South American woman to compete in the Olympics, because the San Pedro authorities charged one dollar for each individual who disembarked in the Port of Los Angeles.
Brazil made its water polo debut; However, the team was eliminated after the players attacked referees at the conclusion of the match against Germany.
Germany vs. Brazil: 3-7
United States vs. Brazil: 1-6
After that, the Itaquicê traveled to San Francisco to sell more coffee. Athletes competing in rowing and athletics received funding. It involved 18 men.
Adalberto Cardoso stands out as the most noteworthy example. He took a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles and didn't arrive at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until ten minutes before his 10,000-meter race. Cardoso, who competed barefoot and came in last, received support from the crowd and a unique medal.
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