New Full Twist contributor AC introduces you to the Brazilian WAG selection. Initially Jade Barbosa was named to the selection, although considering an Achilles Tendon rupture was reported in early August, it was always unlikely that she would compete in Antwerp.
At 29 years old, Daniele Hypolito is a veteran gymnast. She has been brought up in a gymnastics household with her parents and brothers all interested and dedicated to the sport of gymnastics. She has been on National Team since 1994 and is a great and very well known representative for Brazil. She has a long career of many achievements, namely competing in four Olympic Games, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
1998 saw her take AA gold at the Junior Pan Am Championships. She took to the world stage in 1999 competing at the World Championships securing 27th place in the All Around. This was crucial World Championships and Hypolito helped Brazil qualify gymnasts to the 2000 Olympic Games. She was chosen to represent her country for her first Olympics, placing 34th in AA qualification.
At the 2001 World Championships in Ghent, history was made when Hypolito won the silver medal on Floor for Brazil, denying 2000 Olympic medallist Svetlana Khorkina of silver. This was the first ever medal for Brazil in gymnastics and as a result, Daniele was named Brazil’s Female Athlete of the year for 2001.
Through 2002 Floor continued to be Hypolito’s forte and at the World Championships in Hungary, she placed 5th in floor finals. Her success through 2002 was short lived. When competing at the 2003 WCh’s she ranked last in the AA following an injury in competition. Despite this, Brazil still qualified a team through to the 2004 Olympic Games. Here Brazil placed 9th with Hypolito placing 12th in the AA.
Throughout the next few years Daniele had several levels of success at World Championships – 9th AA (2005),22nd AA (2006), was a member of the Brazilian team who finished in their highest ever ranking with 5th place (2007), 18th AA (2010) and 13th AA (2011). She holds numerous titles and has won numerous medals at South American gymnastics event such as the Pan American Games.
2008 saw Hypolito compete in her third Olympic Games in Beijing. She didn’t compete AA, competing on Bars, Beam and Floor. Brazil ranked 8th in the Team Final. The year following was relatively quiet.
In January 2012 she competed at the London 2012 Olympics Test Event, she ranked 8th in the AA, 4th on Vault and 8th on Floor. Most importantly Brazil qualified a team to the Summer Olympic Games, which was to be Hypolito’s fourth. She ranked 37th in All Around qualifications with Brazil placing 12th in the team qualification competition, not advancing to finals.
To date, Hypolito has represented Brazil at the World Championships seven times, we look forward to see what she has to over this year in Antwerp.
Letícia Costa is the youngest member of this Brazilian Selection and relatively new on the scene. The 18 year old is also coached by Ricardo Pereira and trains at C.Regatas do Flamengo. Earlier this year she took AA bronze at the Brazil Trophy competition. She most recently competed at the 2013 Pan American Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She competed two vaults with a lower start value than other competitors, a full twisting Yurchenko and a Piked Handspring Front. Despite this, her execution was flawless and took the silver medal on Vault. Leticia placed 6th on Floor.
Antwerp will be Costa’s first World Championships and biggest competition to date.
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