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Rebeca Andrade "More Than Anyone Else I Wanted To Compete In The All-Around"

The news of Olympic all-around silver medalist Rebeca Andrade opting out of the all-around was not received well by gymnastics fans. The Bra...


The news of Olympic all-around silver medalist Rebeca Andrade opting out of the all-around was not received well by gymnastics fans.

The Brasilian gymnast earlier announced that she won't be competing on all four events at the 2021 World Championships, which will start tomorrow, citing "saving herself for the 2024 Paris Olympics" as the reason behind such a decision.

She will instead compete only on the balance beam, the uneven bars, and the vault. 

“We had a very hard preparation going into Tokyo,” said Andrade, who suffered three ACL tears in four years between 2015 and 2019. “Most of you are familiar with my path and know how hard it was for me to get here. It was almost impossible if I had not believed in it, if my coach and all my team hadn’t believed in it. So we made a decision that was very difficult for them, and it was very difficult for me, because more than anyone else I wanted to compete [in the All-Around]. I know how much people love this [Floor] routine, and I love it myself, but this was the best decision for my body right now.”

With the absence of many stars of the sports, Andrade could have had the chance to be crowned a World all-around champion - a feat that has never been achieved by any male or female Brazilian gymnast. 

Nevertheless, the Olympic vault champion is highly anticipated to win a medal or more at the upcoming competition.

The last time a Brazilian athlete won a medal at World championships in women's gymnastics, was Jade Barbosa who won bronze on vault in 2010.

Daiane dos Santos is the first and only female Brazilian gymnast to become a World champion. She won the gold medal on floor exercise at the 2003 World championships.

“I knew that if I did the same training, my body would not be able to handle it, as I would be demanding more, a lot more, from it, and then something we wouldn’t want could happen. I don’t want to be away from competition again due to injury or something like this. So I’m just listening to my body and what it is asking,” the 22 year old gymnast said.

“I’m here, I’ll be competing. Gymnastics is not only about the Floor Exercise, even though everyone likes it. I have three other apparatus and I will give my best. I’m just listening to my body, respecting it. And in the next competition, I will be back with “Baile de Favela.” Don’t be sad!”

Andrade, who turned senior in 2015, competed at the 2018 World Championships where she finished 7th in the all-around.

She has never made a World event final before.

Written by Gigi Farid

Photo by Dylan Martinez/Reuters



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