dreams of returning to the Olympics after she finished fifth in the Olympic 10K
Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The 16-year-old was only 5
seconds outside the bronze medal in the 2-hour race. But she missed out
on her second Olympics by a mere 4 seconds at the 2011 World Championships in
Disappointed beyond belief, Ana Marcela could have been excused
if she wallowed in self-pity.
But the dynamo from Brazil simply enjoys
the open water and heated competition too much. She quickly picked
herself up and finished 7th in the 5K race at the world
Incredibly, two days later, she entered her third race at the world
championships and earned an extremely hard-fought 25K victory. Brazil’s
first world open water swimming champion proved that defeat and disappointment
are only temporary with the proper mindset. Her victory put an
exclamation point on her season, replacing a frown with a bright smile.
Weathered and exhausted, but unyielding under the pressure of her vaulted
rivals and inhospitable 32°C water, Ana Marcela
Cunha proved herself a worthy nominee
for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.
WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming’s heroes and heroines.
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