Jonathan Watts

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Name: Jonathan Watts
Date registered: July 19, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/olympic-games

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  1. From the streets to the Games: Brazilian Olympians’ extraordinary stories — August 2, 2016

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Aug 02

From the streets to the Games: Brazilian Olympians’ extraordinary stories

Badminton star Lohaynny Vicente, boxer Robson Conceição and Greco-Roman wrestler Davi Albino are symbols of the upward trajectory that many Brazilians have aspired to, particularly over the past decade

The daughter of a slain gang leader, a former homeless child and a boxer who had to run 10km to and from the gym because he did not have enough money for the bus fare.

Brazil’s Olympic team – the biggest and most diverse in the country’s history – includes competitors with extraordinary life stories as well as remarkable sporting performances.

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