World Cup start a big boost for Brazilian Acro gymnasts08/07/2014
Two years after making their debut at the World Acrobatics Championships, the 10-member Brazilian team is back and better, team member Gabriel Ioshida said following Monday's podium training session in Levallois (FRA) at the World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships.
|Along with Mixed Pairs partner Juliana dos Reis de Freitas , former World Age Group competitor Gabriel Ioshida is one of the hopefuls on Brazilian Acro.|
"The expectations are big because it's our second time here," said Ioshida, a member of one of two Brazilian Mixed Pairs slated to compete in Levallois. "We've trained hard to come to these championships," he added. "We are still just starting right now with Acrobatic gymnastics in our country, so we are very proud to be here." Along with the Mixed Pairs, Brazil has fielded two Trios for the World Championships.
The young Brazilians, including then-Age Group competitor Ioshida, soaked up the atmosphere at the 2012 Worlds in Lake Buena Vista (USA), learning as much from what they saw in the gym as from their own performances. "Two years ago, we were there and we saw how it was done and what was possible," he said. "Now our technique is a little better. We've been working on it, and we watched videos on the internet. It's like, 'Whoa, how can we do that?'"
In Levallois, Carvalho and Mixed Pairs partner Juliana dos Reis de Freitas are taking advantage of "amazing" facilities, especially the full-size Gymnova spring floor. "In my gym in Brazil, we don't even have a floor," he said. "It's not like here. To come here and work on a floor like this, it's amazing."
The most challenging thing about being in Levallois? Trying to train while Brazil is playing in the World Cup. "It's like, 'let's go see what's on TV!'" he exclaimed. "We were training during the last Brazilian game, and at the end we left really fast to see what was happening."
The team's pre-Worlds preparations included a World Cup cameo during the Opening Ceremonies in Sao Paulo, doing Acrobatic Gymnastics in a performance choreographed by Cirque du Soleil's Franco Dragone, who also directed the opening ceremony. The experience was "amazing" for the team, Ioshida said.
"There were a lot of people watching us, and the Acrobatic gymnastics was on TV, watched by the world," he added. "There was wonderful energy in the stadium for us."
The World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships get underway Thurday in Levallois with qualifications in all categories. For more, please check out the competition microsite here.
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