Q&A | Timbers defender Claudio Bravo reflects on his "beautiful" Olympic experience

Timbers defender Claudio Bravo has become a constant fixture for Portland in his first season, appearing in 13 games – all starts. However, in July, Bravo left the Timbers to join Argentina's Olympic team in Tokyo. Though the Argentine's did not make it out of their group, the entire Olympic experience was a memorable one for Bravo who can now call himself an Olympian.

As a first time Olympian, what was your experience like in Japan? Did it feel different than a typical soccer tournament?

It was honestly a beautiful experience. It was one of the most important tournaments in my career, and it was nice to defend the colors of my country.

How do you think the Olympic experience helped you grow as a player?

I think every moment is a growing moment for me, whether that’s with the national team at the Olympics or when I’m here with the Timbers.

What do you think will be your greatest memory from the Olympics?

I have many great memories. One that stands out is when we were on our way to the village, we went on the bus, my teammates played a song and we all just started signing and jumping. The bus was moving because we were so excited to be there. I’ll remember that moment forever.

Now that you’re back and right into the lineup, what are your looking forward to with the rest of the Timbers season?

It’s going to be amazing to qualify for the playoffs. My goal is to prove myself in every game giving the best I can. I want to achieve important things with the Timbers because we have a great team of amazing players and amazing people to strive for big things.