Road to Rio

Michele Ferreira
Judo Brazil

Michele Ferreira

Bronze medallist at London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Gold medallist at Guadalajara 2011 Parapan-American Games
Full Name: Michele Aparecida Ferreira Date and location of birth: 1 November 1984 – Novo Mundo (MS) - Brazil
Height: 1.60m Weight: 55kg
Challenge: congenital toxoplasmosis caused 15% vision loss Category: –52kg

Trivia

Started practising judo aged 20 Undergraduate in physical education – ongoing
Has a dream Open her own gym Favourite dish Barbecue
Has a labrador Apollo, as a tribute to the film Rocky Before the competition Asks for blessing of Our Lady of Aparecida and makes the sign of the cross

Pain is temporary,
but glory lasts forever

Idol

“Sometimes we have to fight even if we are injured, with an arm broken. When you are under the effects of adrenaline, you feel no pain. Many athletes compete with contusions and climb the podium with a large smile on their faces.” Karla Cardoso
Michele Ferreira
When preparing for the Paralympic Games, every moment is important. The final stretch is the most important because it has to be calmer, since the athlete will be under a lot of pressure close to the Games. An athlete is more likely to be injured and would have less time to recover.
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