Brazil’s Olympic medal hopes rest with the Armed Forces

Thanks to the Defense Ministry's High-Performance Athlete Program, the majority of Brazil's top athletes at the Tokyo Games are members of the Navy, Army, and Air Force

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Badminton players Hugo Arthuso and Daniel Paiola do the military salute upon receiving silver medals during the 2015 Toronto Pan-American Games. Photo: Thiago Bernardes/Frame/Folhapress

Brazil woke up groggy and bleary-eyed on Monday morning, after staying up late the night before to cheer on 13-year-old Rayssa Leal — the youngest competitor ever to represent Brazil at an Olympic Games — to a silver medal in the women’s street skateboarding competition in Tokyo. Along with Kelvin Hoefler’s silver in the men’s event the previous day, Brazil got its 2020 Games off to a good start, despite hopes of having their golden generation of women skateboarders dominating the podium. Favorites Letícia Bufoni and Pâmela Rosa failed to qualify for the final.

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