Road to Rio

Rodrigo Pessoa
Equestrian Jumping Brazil

Rodrigo Pessoa

Gold at Athens 2004 and bronze at Sydney 2000 and Atlanta 1996
Full name: Rodrigo de Paula Pessoa Date and place of birth: 29 November 1972 - Paris, France
Height: 1.77 m Weight: 75kg

Trivia

It all started... At the age of six, when he took his first horse-riding classes Riding is in the blood His father, Nelson Pessoa, competed in the Melbourne 1956, Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968 and Munich 1972 Games
Hobbies Go-karting and playing golf He loves auto racing And collects Formula 1 memorabilia
Favourite food Barbecue Favourite film The Shawshank Redemption
On vacation... Angra dos Reis (in Rio de Janeiro state) and the Maldives Pets He has two Norfolk Terriers named Molly and Rocky
Lucky charm “My neck chain is always with me.” Definition of Rio de Janeiro Magnificent

On four-legged athletes

Idol

“Horses are given feed, hay and vitamins. They drink a lot of water, and, depending on the temperature, they might be given electrolytes. They do stretches before competitions, and run on treadmills or do water training to stay fit. It’s a normal routine for any high-performance athlete.” Ayrton Senna
Alexandra Nascimento
IIt is exciting and I am very proud to be representing my country. I havecompeted in six Olympic Games and every time I get on the course, it feels like the first time. Having the Games in Brazil will be even more special, though, with all of our fans right behind us.
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