Edited by Azizi Powell
This post prsents information about and showcases two videos of Brazilian Rafaela Silva's gold medal win in judo at the 2016 Olympics.
The Addendum to this post showcases a sound file of the song "Metamorfose Ambulante" from the 2002 movie "City Of God".
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Congratulations to Rafaela Silva and thanks to the composer and performer of this showcased song. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these YouTube examples.
INFORMATION ABOUT RAFAELA SILVA
"Rafaela Lopes Silva (born April 24, 1992) is a Brazilian judoka. She won a gold medal at the 2013 World Judo Championships and at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the –57 kg weight division.
Silva grew up in Cidade de Deus, Rio de Janeiro, primarily playing football on the streets of her neighbourhood. She was first introduced to judo at the age of 7.
Silva won her first major medal by claiming silver at the 2011 World Judo Championships in Paris. During the 2013 World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Silva became the first Brazilian woman to ever win a gold medal of judo for her country, defeating American Marti Malloy in the final. She repeated the feat at the 2016 Summer Olympics by defeating Mongolian Sumiya Dorjsuren in the final."
INFORMATION ABOUT RAFAELA SLIVA'S OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL
From http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-oly-rio-2016-rafaela-silva-earns-brazil-s-first-gold-1470689220-htmlstory.html Rafaela Silva earns Brazil's first gold medal by winning judo division, Associated Press
"From the favela to the top of the podium, Rafael Silva earned Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Silva, the country's first female world champion in judo, won the 57-kilogram division of the Japanese martial art on Monday as the crowd chanted “Rafa” and waved the green and yellow Brazilian flags.
The 24-year-old Silva beat Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia after two days of disappointment on the mat for Brazil.
She also settled an old Olympic score. At the 2012 London Games, Silva was disqualified for an illegal leg grab during a fight against Hedvig Karakas of Hungary. This time, it was Silva who advanced from their quarterfinal match.
Silva, who is from Brazil's largest favela and trained at a judo dojo founded by former Olympic bronze medalist Flavio Canto, was in top form for much of the day. Her first match lasted only 46 seconds.
“Everybody here knows Rafaela's history,” said Eduardo Colli, a Brazilian fan watching the final in the stands. “This is more than just a medal, it's a victory for poor people. It's hope for all of them.”
The women's bronze medals went to Kaori Matsumoto of Japan — the defending Olympic champion — and Telma Monteiro of Portugal.
With its strong martial arts culture — including many shared techniques between Brazilian jiu jitsu, mixed martial arts and judo — Brazil had been expected to do well early in the judo competition.
But defending Olympic champion Sarah Menezes narrowly lost out on a bronze on Saturday in the 48-kilogram category, and so did Erika Miranda at 52 kilograms on Sunday. "
From http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/08/rafaela-silva-won-brazils-first-gold-medal.html August 9, 2016, Rafaela Silva Proved the Haters Wrong and Won Brazil’s First Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics By Theresa Avila
"Rafaela Silva has dealt with plenty of haters during her judo career — including racist online bullies hailing from her own country. In 2012, the 24-year-old faced some ugly, racially charged taunts on social media after she was disqualified from the London Olympics for an illegal leg grab. Things got so bad, she even briefly considered quitting the sport altogether.
Thankfully for Brazil and fans everywhere — she didn't quit. She won. On Monday, Silva won gold while competing in her home country; a win that came with the added distinction of being the first gold medal for Brazil at this year's Olympics.
Silva's win in the 57-kilogram division for judo against Dorjsürengiin Sumiya of Mongolia came after only 47 seconds on the mat. Her win also carried a heavier emotional significance. When she first faced the online racism after the London Olympics, many saw the moment as shedding light on the historical and ongoing racial tensions that the country has struggled with.
Silva's story resonates with some Brazilians, who see her as one with the people. She grew up in one of the country's slums, in a favela plagued with violence, according to the Washington Post. "Everybody here knows Rafaela's history," Eduardo Colli, a Brazilian watching the match, told the Associated Press. "This is more than just a medal, it's a victory for poor people. It's hope for all of them."
Silva long envisioned her moment of glory at the Olympics. The inside of her right biceps features a tattoo of the Olympic rings, according to the New York Times. It's surrounded by a note, which reads in Portuguese: “God knows how much I’ve suffered and what I’ve done to get here."
To "get here," Silva might have taken a short detour. But on Monday, she heard her name ring out from the crowd of Brazilian spectators, who beamed with pride at their new national treasure and Olympian gold medalist."
Example #1. Rafaela Silva é ouro para o Brasil - Rio 2016 - 08/08/2016 [Rafaela Silva is gold for Brazil]
Mad scientist, Published on Aug 8, 2016
Example #2: Rafaela Silva wins Brazil's first gold of the Games in judo
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NBC Sports, Published on Aug 8, 2016
Rafaela Silva takes home Brazil's first gold medal of the Olympics, beating out No.1 Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia.
ADDENDUM: SONG FROM THE "CITY OF GOD" MOVIE
City Of God soundtrack , Metamorfose Ambulante
Joker Guy, Published on Jan 14, 2013
I knew there was not a singel good version of this song on Youtube so i decided to upload the song in good quality :). Please enjoy the song from this great film !
Here's a comment from this sound file's discussion thread:
thiago pereira, 2014
"A good and suitable translation for "metamorfose ambulante" would be "A Walking Metamorphosis"
Eu prefiro ser essa metamorfose ambulante
(I prefer to be a walking metamorphosis)
do que ter aquela velha opinião formada sobre tudo
(rather than have an old fixed opinion about everything)"
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