Rebeca Andrade

Rebeca Andrade

Rebeca Andrade, 22, was born in Guarulhos, Brazil. She began gymnastics at the age of four and since then her journey has been a complex yet rewarding one. This young Brazilian has made history for her country, as well as for Latin America. In a sport historically dominated by other countries, including the United States, Andrade has defied all odds in Tokio 2020. She is the first female from her country to win Olympic gold in the sport in the vault finals, having won silver in the individual all-around.
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How Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade went from last-minute qualifier to Olympic medalist

TOKYO -- The applause started as soon as Rebeca Andrade walked into the mixed zone on Thursday night at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. She had just won the silver medal in the all-around competition and had become the first female Brazilian gymnast in Olympic history to stand on the podium. The Brazilian media couldn't hide their enthusiasm and admiration for what she had just achieved.

Gymnast Rebeca Andrade Won Gold For Brazil, And Became A National Hero

Brazilians are desperate for heroes right now, and it looks like they have found one: Rebeca Andrade is the first Brazilian woman to win an Olympic medal for gymnastics. Women's gymnastics are one of the great showpieces of the Olympics, especially the individual all-around competition. Americans are still savoring Suni Lee's gold medal in that contest on Thursday after Simone Biles withdrew. That sport is also creating another big star who's being celebrated today in Brazil. We are joined now by NPR's Philip Reeves in Rio de Janeiro. Hello.
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Rebeca Andrade Wins Silver in All-Around, Brazil's First Women's Gymnastics Medal

Rebeca Andrade didn't know she was competing in the Olympics until a month ago. It was at the Pan American games in early June that Andrade punched her ticket to Tokyo, and though she was a late addition to the all-around qualifiers, she emerged as a top competitor. With a sky-high vault, a rock solid beam set and powerful tumbling passes on floor, Andrade clinched a silver in the women's artistic gymnastics all-around final to become the first woman from Brazil to ever win a medal in the sport.