By Anna Rose Johnson

When Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade clinched the silver medal in the All-Around in Tokyo this week, gym fans all over the world were cheering her historic accomplishment. She performed dream gymnastics with huge amplitude, beautiful form and incredible difficulty, including one of the best Cheng’s in the business.

It’s been a long, difficulty journey for Rebeca to reach this momentous point in her gymnastics journey, and now, the time for celebration is finally here! She will compete in the Vault Finals Sunday in Tokyo and in Floor Finals on Monday, hoping to add more hardware to her collection. Let’s round up a few quick facts about her career so far!

1. Beginnings & Inspirations! Rebeca began gymnastics at the age of four, back in 2003, and the gymnast she looks up to most is retired Brazilian star Daiane dos Santos, who was the 2003 World Champion on floor exercise!

2. Going Viral! Back when she was only 14 years-old, a video of Rebeca vaulting a beautiful Amanar began to garner attention from gymnastics fans! Because of this video—and her solid competition results—fans couldn’t wait for her to become a senior.

 

3. Breakout! As a junior gymnast, Rebeca had an incredibly impressive performance at the 2014 WOGA Classic, winning gold medals in the All-Around, vault, and bars, and earning silver medals on beam, floor, and as part of her team. This meet was definitely some early indication of her immense success to come!

4. Senior Status! Rebeca became a senior gymnast in 2015 and proceeded to win a couple of medals on the World Challenge Cup circuit, including a silver on vault at São Paulo.

5. Homecountry Hero! After recovering from her first ACL tear in 2015, Rebeca made the 2016 Olympic team and was able to compete in her home Games in Rio. She placed eleventh in the All-Around and eighth with the Brazilian team.

6. For The Team! Rebeca captured the All-Around silver at the 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy, and helped Brazil place second as a team. The Jesolo Trophy is a prestigious international meet, and this second-place finish was another hint of Rebeca’s greatness to come!

7. Worldwide Wonder! Her only World Championships appearance was in 2018, where she helped Brazil qualify fifth for the team final. Check out her awesome beam here:

8. Recovery Route! After battling back from her third ACL tear, Rebeca returned in amazing fashion to win the All-Around at the 2021 Pan American Championships with a 56.700, clinching her ticket to Tokyo!

9. E-xcellent! Rebeca competes the difficult Cheng vault and a double-twisting Yurchenko, and her execution scores of 9.4 in the 2020 Olympic qualifications on these two vaults were the highest E-scores of the entire qualification round!

10. History! Rebeca’s silver All-Around finish in Tokyo this week marks Brazil’s first women’s gymnastics medal at the Olympics—an absolutely incredible achievement! Congratulations, Rebeca!!

Photos by Ricardo Bufolin for Inside Gymnastics

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