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Ronda Rousey and Rafaela's Olympic Judo Gold for Brazil

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  1. ShaolinSubzz Brown Belt

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    Yesterday a spectacular story unfolded at the Rio Olympics. A young judo practitioner from the sprawling favela complex Cidade de deus, made famous by the 2002 film City of God won Gold in the women's 57kg Judo.

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    But Rafaela's story is much more impressive when you take into account the abuse she suffered after the 2012 Olympic games in London were at the age of 16 she was disqualified for a leg grab (Rule changes happen so fast in Judo Olympics that no leg grabs cost more than one Olympic hopeful their dreams of medalling).

    She suffered a torrent of racist abuse from Brazilian social media that led her to a deep depression and almost cost Brazil her talents.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...-of-racism-now-shes-an-olympic-gold-medalist/

    Anyhow, plenty has been written about Rafaelas journey already (Well worth a read if you want to be inspired):

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...Judo-Silva-wins-gold-host-country-Brazil.html

    But somthing that nobody seems to have picked up on is this. One of Rafaela's biggest inspirations is... Ronda Rousey. And when Ronda visited the Instituto Reacao in 2014 and again in 2015, owned by Olympic bronze medalist Flavio Canto in the huge favela Rocinha among her many admirers was a young Rafaela (Seen here)



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    I wonder how much ROnda's visit helped Rafaela on her path from depression to the Gold. Obviously we can only guess - and maybe not at all - but by the videos of the visit and the photos online it strikes me as possibly playing a big part.

    I'd just like to say how proud I am that an MMA star such as Ronda goes out of her way to support such a great project as Flavio's Instituto Reacao.

    Read more about her second visit here:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/uf...ocial-project-gift-beating-Bethe-Correia.html

    Hope you don't mind me connecting the dots!
     
  2. TheIrishPsycho Whiskey Belt

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    It didn't at all, Ronda is fat.

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  3. Which Doctor The ATT Heel Stable/Faction Belt

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  4. ShaolinSubzz Brown Belt

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    Guys. forget being internet trolls for the day :) . As much as you may laugh at Ronda this is a great thing!
     
  5. Haj01 Silver Belt

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    At the bottom of the story it says she no longer looks up to Ronda for inspiration after she decided to have Travis Happa Browne's babies...
     
  6. Sparkie Black Belt

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    nice to see people rise out of the favela to achieve greatness

    great picture of her holding up her gold medal
    good on her
     
  7. thechoice2 Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    I think Ronda's financial contribution to that camp helped more than a couple day visit did. That would have some lasting impact.
     
  8. Cindynice420 Brown Belt Platinum Member

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    Ronda is an inspiration for all
    War ronda
    You rule
     
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    Who talks like this? Rednecks and trailer trash.
     
  10. Fincher7 Purple Belt

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    Ronda's very good at judo, this has never been disputed.
     
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  12. ShaolinSubzz Brown Belt

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    So did I. But then I watched the video of her in Rio and I forgave her
     
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  13. Haj01 Silver Belt

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    LMAO :D "Dating is for them civilised folk. Out here in Edmond's gym we keep it real simple."
     
  14. Hazuki Ryo Purple Belt

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    Good thing for her, especially with Matsumoto in the category !
     
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    When Rafaela was disqualified for grabbing the leg in the Olympics back in 2012 it was a brand new rule. It's got to be heartbreaking to work so hard for a chance to be the best and lose it like that. Good to see she finally achieved her dream.
     
  16. War Pig Brown Belt

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    Alpha males

    Probably why you don't recognize it.
     
  17. MMAAAM Banned Banned

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    Fucking lol.
    After he finished that sentence he hit Ronda in the head with a rock and dragged her inside the cave.
     
  18. Nate Dogg Purple Belt

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    If only Ronda stuck to her roots, instead of getting obsessed with learning terrible boxing from Edmund.
     
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    when you mention Ronda in the thread, it will immediately turn into Ronda hate thread :D
     
  20. rearnakedchoke Suck it!

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    Great story.
     

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