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INTERVIEW: Gabriela Vasconcelos │ by Nino Salvatore Fernandez

Gabriela Vasconcelos -  World Champion - Gold Medal - 35th World Armwrestling Championships 2013 │ Photo Source: Gabriela Vasconcelos

Gabriela Vasconcelos –  World Champion – Gold Medal – 35th World Armwrestling Championships 2013 │ Photo Source: Gabriela Vasconcelos

Many thanks to Nino Salvatore Fernandez for this interview with Gabriela Vasconcelos.
This is just a fragment, read the full interview on: spainarmwrestler.blogspot.com.es

-1. How much time do you spend training and how did you get to know this sport and be interested in it?
I started armwrestling by invitation of a former athlete when I was 12 and I knew nothing about it. Today I spend around 1,5 hour a day during the week (lifting weights) and 2,5hours on Saturdays (just rope and table training)

-2. What armwrestler do you admire most and why?
As most of us I learned really early how to admire John Brzenk and had the opportunity to meet him and be even more of a fan as he is such a nice guy. Other than him, I’m a fan of all armwrestlers who are humble and always willing to learn.

-3. What are your expectations in this sport?
I learned that in this sport is hard to get to the top, but its even harder to keep yourself up there. You become a target to others and you have to always push yourself harder to go beyond your limits and keeping winning. So I really want to continue to be World Champion and if possible participate in more than 1 international Championship per year (like A1, Nemiroff and others like these).

-4. What other sport do you practice?
None. I practiced Gymnastics for 10 years, 3 of them while I was beginning in armwrestling. I love this sport and I’m in touch with it since I was 5. Now I teach gymnastics.

-5. What advice would you give to the young boys and girls who start with this sport?
I would say that for any sport: know your limits, dedicate yourself and have discipline if you want to go far. Then work really hard for it and don`t give up!!

-6. Apart from this sport… what other objectives do you have for your future?
I want to travel the world – preferable with someone special (thanks to armwrestling I’ve been to a few countries already), get married, build a family… mostly normal wishes.

-7. What armwrestling technique do you think is the best?
It depends on where you are stronger and on your opponent. A good armwrestler has options to lean on.

-8. What has been your worst disappointment in this sport?
I sometimes think I chose the wrong sport as in Brazil we have soo little support and media space. Most of Brazilians don’t know the sport or it`s athletes and sometimes I even joke I`m famous in Sweden (after beating Sarah) but no one knows me in Brazil.

This is just a fragment, read the full interview on: spainarmwrestler.blogspot.com.es

Gabi Vasconcelos – Worlds 2013 Poland – Left Final

Source: Gabriela Vasconcelos

SENIOR WOMEN LEFT 70 KG SENIOR WOMEN RIGHT 70 KG
1. . BRAZIL 1. . BRAZIL
2. REISEK FIA. SWEDEN 2. REISEK FIA. SWEDEN
3. ALENA MIROMANOVA. RUSSIA 3. ALINA GOLUBYEVA. UKRAINE
4. VERA BONDIK. KAZAKHSTAN 4. VERA BONDIK. KAZAKHSTAN
5. OCIPOVA VERONIKA. SLOVAKIA 5. ALENA MIROMANOVA. RUSSIA
6. TESSELAAR KIM. HOLLAND 6. THOMMEN CAROLINE. SWITZERLAND
7. THOMMEN CAROLINE. SWITZERLAND 7. SOFIYA AKHMETGAREEVA. RUSSIA
8. SOFIYA AKHMETGAREEVA. RUSSIA 8. TESSELAAR KIM. HOLLAND
9. LOPES LUCILENE. BRAZIL 9. OGREN MADELEN. SWEDEN
10. ALINA GOLUBYEVA. UKRAINE 10. OCIPOVA VERONIKA. SLOVAKIA
11. LILIYA ZANKO. UKRAINE 11. MELIN ANNE. FINLAND
12. MELIN ANNE. FINLAND 12. LILIYA ZANKO. UKRAINE
13. OOST COBY. HOLLAND 13. LOPES LUCILENE. BRAZIL
14. BOZENA CICHOPEK. POLAND 14. BOZENA CICHOPEK. POLAND
15. OGREN MADELEN. SWEDEN 15. OOST COBY. HOLLAND
See ► RESULTS: 35th World Armwrestling Championships 2013 (WAF) ◄

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