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Brazil's Rebeca Andrade "Many People Didn't Believe I Could Come Back"

Rebeca Andrade, who suffered from several career setbacks due to injuries, took the gymnastics world by storm this year. She became the firs...


Rebeca Andrade, who suffered from several career setbacks due to injuries, took the gymnastics world by storm this year.

She became the first female Brazilian gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal, which was on vault, and the first gymnast from Latin America to win an Olympic all-around medal, a silver.

She continued her legacy to the 2021 World Championships, which are currently being held in Kitakyushu, Japan, by winning the gold medal on vault and silver on the uneven bars.

This was the first time for a female Brazilian gymnast to win a World gold medal in almost two decades. Daiane Dos Santos won gold on floor exercise at the 2003 World championships.

She is also the first and only Brazilian gymnast to win a medal on the uneven bars.

"I'm very happy, I feel like I'm part of the history of my country," the 22-year-old gymnast said.

"It's a very important moment of my life. Many people didn't believe I could come back," she continues

"Today I am here to show the world that everything is possible." 

Andrade tore her ACL three times between 2015 and 2019, which caused her to miss the 2015, 2017, and 2019 World Championships.

"I always wanted to be a medalist. Today my dream came true."

"I have achieved a goal I had set out for me. I hope to inspire other people the same way I was inspired by others when they won."

The Olympic and World champion, whose favorite event is the uneven bars, hopes to win gold on the apparatus as it is a dream of hers. Nevertheless, she is very happy with her performance today.

"I think I really deserved this medal."



Written by Gigi Farid 

Photo by Ricardo Bufolin


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