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Rebeca Andrade

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Years on national team  2012–
Country represented  Brazil
Role  Gymnast
Name  Rebeca Andrade

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Full name  Rebeca Rodrigues de Andrade
Born  May 8, 1999 (age 16) Guarulhos, Brazil (1999-05-08)
Discipline  Women's artistic gymnastics
Level  Junior International Elite
Club  Club de Regatas doFlamengo
Similar People  Flavia Saraiva, Daniele Hypolito, Jade Barbosa, Diego Hypolito, Arthur Zanetti

Head coach(es)  Keli Tiemi Kitaura

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Rebeca Andrade de Rodrigues (born May 8, 1999) is an artistic gymnast who represented Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics.


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Andrade made her international debut at the South American Youth Championship in 2012, where she placed first with the Brazilian team; first in the individual all-around, vault, and uneven bars; and second on balance beam and floor exercise. A few months later, she competed at the Brazil Trophy, where she edged out past Olympians and more experienced gymnasts to claim the all-around title.


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Andrade started her 2013 season by competing at the Comaneci Invitational in Oklahoma City. She won the all-around and was ranked 7th with the Brazilian team. At the Brazil Trophy, she successfully defended her all-around title. In November, she was selected to compete at the Mexico Open in Acapulco, but she was later switched to compete at the Gymnasiade, held in her home country. In the vault final, she performed one of the most difficult vaults in women's gymnastics, an Amanar. She won the gold medal, as well as a silver with the team, a bronze in the all-around, and a sixth-place finish on floor.


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In February, Andrade began the season by competing at the WOGA Classic in Plano, Texas, and winning the all-around, vault, uneven bars and silver with the team, beam and floor. She was scheduled to represent Brazil at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, but withdrew due to injury. She was replaced by teammate Flávia Saraiva, who ended up winning three medals. Besides the YOG, she also missed the Brazilian National Championships.


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Andrade made her senior debut at the 2015 Ghent Friendly, taking silver behind Saraiva after falling off beam. Despite being considered one of the strongest candidates for the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships to represent the Brazilian team, her plans were cut short after tearing her ACL while performing a half on, full off vault in training. The team placed 9th, failing to qualify directly to the 2016 Summer Olympics, but earning a berth to the Olympic Test Event.


Andrade's first meet back from her ACL tear was the Jesolo Trophy, where she performed watered-down routines but qualified to the uneven bars final. She failed to medal after falling in the event finals. Afterward, she competed at the Doha World Cup and won silver on the uneven bars. Her performances were considered good enough to be named to the Olympic Test Event team.

At the Test Event, she competed on vault and uneven bars only. She performed a double-twisting Yurchenko vault and a clean uneven bars routine to help the Brazilian team win gold in the team event and, therefore, qualify a full team to the 2016 Summer Olympics. Individually, she qualified for the uneven bars final, where she won bronze behind Germans Elisabeth Seitz and Sophie Scheder.

Andrade then competed at the 2016 São Paulo World Cup, where she qualified to the uneven bars and balance beam finals. In the bars final, she tied German Kim Bui for the silver. The next day on balance beam, she finished third after falling off the apparatus. Her compatriot Daniele Hypólito won. Andrade continued her success on the World Cup circuit by winning two silvers at the Anadia World Cup on beam and floor exercise, both behind Saraiva. Afterward, she was named to the 2016 Olympic team alongside Test Event teammates Hypólito, Saraiva, Jade Barbosa, and Lorrane Oliveira.

Her last competition in preparation for the Olympics was a friendly meet in the Netherlands on July 10. At the friendly meet, she tied Dutch gymnast Eythora Thorsdottir for gold in the all-around and showed an upgraded uneven bars routine.

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Andrade performed well in qualifications, helping Brazil qualify to the team finals in 5th place and qualifying individually to the all-around final in 3rd place after American Gabby Douglas was excluded due to the two-per-country rule. During the team finals, Andrade fell on floor, and Brazil finished 8th. In the individual all around, she was expected to contend for a medal. However, underperformances caused her to place 11th.


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