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Rebeca Andrade is the first Brazilian woman to Medal in Gymnastics at the Olympics



Rebeca andrade medals

Rebeca Andrade, 22, became the first female from her nation to win an olympic gold medal in artistic gymnastics of her nation this Sunday, August 1st. She also won silver in the individual all-around earlier this Tokyo 2020 Games.  

Andrade was a favorite in Rio 2016, where she did well in qualifying but ended up finishing in 11th place. After many struggles since then, she passed (15.083) MyKayla Skinner of the U.S., a 14.916. 

“It’s a huge pride for me because I saw how much I’ve grown, I’ve matured, and it’s really good,” she told after her victory. “I feel so overwhelmed, happy. I’m feeling incredible.”

 “It’s so good when you are able to perform your best. … Reaching the podium, the result is a consequence. I didn’t imagine that I would return doing all these vaults, improving my first vault.”


Over the years, she had to overcome numerous injuries and difficulties. In June 2019 Andrade learned that she had suffered her third ACL tear while competing at the Brazilian Championships. That injury kept her out of the 2019 World Championships. 

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But when Covid-19 struck and the world shut down she had an opportunity to recover while not being left behind. Despite the long layoff, she was ready to compete again in June. Andrade included in her preparation her mental health; she worked with a psychologist on mental rehearsal, visualizing performing her elements under the immense pressure of Olympic qualification. 

“I thought I would be anxious, and I think anxiety ends up affecting the preparation. But it wasn’t a problem for me,” Andrade said. “I feel OK because – since I had more time to train and prepare – this is also helpful, as you feel stronger mentally and more prepared physically.”

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