Road to Rio

Rafaela Silva
Judo Brazil

Rafaela Silva

Gold medallist at the 2013 world championships and silver in 2011 2008 junior world champion
Full name: Rafaela Lopes Silva Date and place of birth: 24 April 1992 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height: 1.65m Weight: 57kg
Judo: Lightweight (under 57kg)

Trivia

She started practising judo in a social project in the ‘City of God’ community Before judo she dreamt of becoming a football player
Her oldest sister Raquel is also a member of Brazil’s national judo team Favourite film Monsters, Inc.
Her lucky charm is a black belt that she always carries with her Favourite food Spaghetti with white sauce
She owns three dogs Lili, Stitch and Molly She studies psychology

About the Rio 2016 Games

Idol

“It’s very exciting to be able to represent my country and my city. There’s no better feeling than making it to the podium and listening to the Brazilian national anthem.” Geraldo Bernardes Former coach of Brazil’s national team and head of the social project where she started practising judo
Rafaela Silva
I believe our best quality is to be Brazil! If there is a country that knows how to welcome people, it’s Brazil. The people here are charismatic and very warm.
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