Until Tokyo 2020 few people knew Rayssa Leal Alison dos Santos or Rebeca Andrade The delayed edition of the Olympic Games set the record for medals for Brazil and in addition presented brand new sports idols.
The skateboarder the runner and the gymnast have in common a talent for the sports they practice but also a young age At 13 21 and 22 years old respectively they already carry the countrys flag for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 cycles.
The three athletes were some of the highlights of the campaign that resulted in 12th place overall in the medals table in the Japanese capital The 21 achievements were divided into seven golds six silvers and eight bronzes.
Im sure we are on the right path for the next Olympic Games We are convinced that it will not be easy to surpass the results of Tokyo but this is another challenge that makes us keep our daily goals fully focused said the director general of the COB.
Rayssa pulled the line for literally the newest sporting idol in the country Team Brazils youngest medalist at the Olympic Games the former Fadinha do Skate who had been following her for a long time grew up and was not intimidated by the pressure and placed herself on the podium between the Japanese at Ariake Urban Park.
More than the historical result in itself the Empress from Maranhão became a celebrity with her deep charisma and spontaneity that is still typical of a child Despite his young age he also made a point of leaving his message and fighting for the breaking of prejudice in the sport.
On the athletics tracks at the Estádio Olímpico Brazil met a boy who used to try to hide the burns on his body with a cap over his eyes and walk with his head down Alison took bronze behind Norwegian Karsten Warholm who broke the new world record and American Rai Benjamin
Alison then 10 months old spent 15 days between life and death in an intensive care unit ICU to treat wounds from a burn caused by a pan of hot oil A social project took the embarrassed boy from São João da Barra in the interior of São Paulo from the back of the classroom and took him to sports In Tokyo he took off his cap and went on to show his medal to the world.
Baile de Favela funk took over the Ariake Centre Without the public present due to the coronavirus pandemic some volunteers and the international press hummed the rhythm of the silver presentation in the artistic gymnastics all around the first medal of the sport among women in Brazil behind only the Russian Angelina.
But there was still gold in the jump the medal on the ground again with the music that became his inspiration barely escaped and his name for good in the history of Brazilian sport Even before returning to Guarulhos her hometown Rebeca had already become a reference in the sport and a target of large companies for advertising campaigns.