Daiane dos Santos

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Daiane dos Santos
— Gymnast —
Daiane dos Santos 13072007.jpg
Personal information
Full name Daiane Garcia dos Santos (www.daianedossantos.com)
Nickname(s) Dai
Country represented  Brazil
Born (1983-02-10) February 10, 1983 (age 32)
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul
Height 145 cm (4 ft 9 in)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior
Club Grêmio Náutico União
Head coach(es) Oleg Ostapenko
Assistant coach(es) Iryna Ilyashenko
Choreographer Nadejda Ostapenko
Eponymous skills Dos Santos
Dos Santos II
Retired 2013

Daiane Garcia dos Santos (Porto Alegre, February 10, 1983) is one of Brazil's most successful female gymnasts.[citation needed] At the 2003 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, at age 20, she won the world title on her specialty apparatus, the floor exercise. She retired in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Daiane dos Santos was born in Porto Alegre. She lives in Curitiba, where she studies physical education[citation needed] at Dom Bosco University.


Dos Santos began gymnastics at age 11.

She has two skills named after her on floor exercise called the Dos Santos: Arabian double front somersaults in both piked and laid-out positions.[1]

Her most famous routine's music is "Brasileirinho" by Waldir Azevedo, which she used for major achievements during 2004/2005 season.


She represented Brazil in the 2004 Summer Olympics. She qualified for the floor exercises event final. During the final, she debuted the Dos Santos II skill, a double Arabian in layout position. She overroated a tumbling pass and went out of bounds. She placed fifth.

In December 2004, she became the World Cup floor champion, beating Olympic champion Cătălina Ponor.


She made an attempt to defend her World Championship title in Melbourne. During the floor final, she fell backwards, scored 8.837 and placed 7th overall.


In 2006, Dos Santos competed with a brand new routine to the music "Isto Aqui O Que É?" by Ary Barroso. With this program, she won her first gold medal under the new Artistic Gymnastics' score system Code of Points in Moscow's leg of FIG's World Cup.

Dos Santos decided to attend the 2006 World Championships, but she decided not to compete the Dos Santos II for a while.[citation needed]. She placed 4th in the floor event.

Dos Santos qualified for Brazil's World Cup Final 2005/2006 on Floor Exercise. She was still #1 in the world in floor exercise.[citation needed]

Dos Santos started on uneven bars, where she placed 7th. The next day, at the floor exercise final, she was in medal contention. Dos Santos debuted a new move, a full-twisting double layout, to her routine. During that program, she also performed the Dos Santos and a double layout. She set a new personal best under the new system (15.600).[citation needed] Dos Santos won her second consecutive Gold Medal at World Cup Final.

Brazil finished the competition with six medals.[citation needed]


Dos Santos's first competition of 2007 was the World Cup event in Ghent in May. Dos Santos used it as a warm-up for the Pan American Games. She competed in the Floor and Uneven Bars event finals, placing 8th in the uneven bars and winning the bronze on the floor. During her floor routine, she replaced Double Arabian Tuck with a Full Twisting Double Tuck and the Double Layout with a Double Tuck.[citation needed]

In June 2007, Dos Santos attended a Tri-Meet competition in Natal/RN, in which Brazil competed against Great Britain and Canada. Brazil won all the gold medals[citation needed]. dos Santos won on the floor with a score of 15.225.

On July 6, dos Santos suffered a level 1 torsion on her right ankle[citation needed] and did not attend a Pan American Arena inauguration. Although the Brazilian Gymnastics Confederation (CBG) guaranteed her participation in Pan American Games, her doctors decided to wait 48 hours before the announcement, to be sure. She was later confirmed to take her spot in Brazil's Pan American Team.[citation needed]

Dos Santos was supposed to take part in floor and vault events, but during her team finals' floor routine on the first day of competition, she ran into difficulties. Her injury had not completely recovered, and she left the apparatus crying.[citation needed] She scored a low 15.150, and placed 3rd, which qualified her for the floor event final. However, she was not able to compete in the final. She was stopped from competing[clarification needed] by the Technical Commission in order to avoid a worse lesion which could leave her out of the 2007 Worlds in Stuttgart.[citation needed]

Dos Santos attended the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships competing with the team in the finals. Still not recovered, Daiane could not perform up to her level, but still helped her team to qualify 2nd time for the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing and also to achieve a historic 5th place.


Daiane underwent a six-month intensive treatment after the 2007 World Championship and the first signs of returning to her best could be seen during World Cups in Cottbus (Germany) and Tianjin (China) where she placed 4th in both of them. Following her good performances and trying to reach a best in Beijing, she decided along with coach Oleg Ostapenko to come back to her 2004–2005 floor music, crowd's favorite "Brasileirinho". In June, she went with team Brazil to friendly meets in Europe where she showed once again explosive tumblings including Dos Santos II which she has not been performing since Athens 2004.

She was selected for the Brazilian Olympic Team, but this time sharing the spotlight with newcomer Jade Barbosa (All-Around Bronze Medalist in 2007 Worlds). Initially, she was focused in help Brazil to reach the first Olympic Team Final ever; however she would try her best to make the floor exercise final once again. In the qualification round, Brazil started in their best apparatus, the floor. Daiane was last to perform. She opened her routine with a Tsukahara Layout (Full Twisting Double Layout) followed by the Dos Santos II, Double Layout and finishing with a Double Pike. The Chinese audience were amazed and the judges gave her the score 15.275 which was enough for her to reach the finals in 5th place. During the finals she went out of bounds twice, getting in 6th place with a 14.975


Daiane tested positive for the banned drug Furosemide at an out-of-competition doping control in July 2009. She received a five month ban.[2]


Her first competition was Ghent World Cup in September. She scored 13.424 on floor, winning the bronze medal.[1] Daiane also competed in Tokyo World Championships. She helped Brazilian Team to place 14th overall. On floor, she scored 13.758, placing 26th overall. Some days later, she competed in 2011 Panamerican Games. She placed 5th with Brazilian Team. She didn't qualify for floor final, because she fell during qualifications.


In January, Daiane helped the Brazilian team to place 4th in 2012 Artistics Gymnastics Olympic Test Event. She also qualified in 7th for the floor final. Daiane scored 14.033. In event finals, Daiane received the bronze medal, after receiving 14.066.

Skills named after her[edit]

Daiane is a very powerful gymnast. She was the first to do a double piked Arabian (Dos Santos I) and a double layout Arabian (Dos Santos II). Both feats are extremely difficult to perform.













Floor Routines[edit]

Music: "Rumba para los rumberos" - S.V.: 10.00

2003 World Championship
1st Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Arabian Pike
2nd Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Layout
Double Turn-Tour Jete with Full Turn
3rd Pass: Front Pike-Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Arabian Tuck
Cat Leap Double-Popa-11/2 Leap
4th Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Pike

Music: "Brasileirinho" - S.V.: 10.00

2004 Olympic Summer Games (Athens)
1st Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Arabian Layout
2nd Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Arabian Pike
Double Turn-Tour Jete with Full Turn
3rd Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Layout
Double Leap-11/2Cat Leap-Cat Leap
4th Pass: Front Pike-Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Pike

Music: "Isto aqui o que é?" - Difficulty: 6.4

2006 World Cup Final
1st Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Tsukahara Layout
2nd Pass: Front Pike-Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Arabian Pike
Double Turn with Horizontal Leg-Jump with Full Turn and Horizontal Leg-Tour Jete with Full Turn
3rd Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Layout
Switch Leap-Switch Side Leap-Tour Jete
4th Pass: Front Pike-Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Pike

Music: "Brasileirinho" - Difficulty: 6.4

2008 Olympic Summer Games (Beijing)
1st Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Full Twisting Double Layout
2nd Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Arabian Layout
Double Turn, Switch leap into Tour Jete Half Turn, Tour Jete with Full Turn
3rd Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Layout
Double Leap, Leap Jump
4th Pass: Front Pike-Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Pike

Music: "Mix of Latin Rhythms" - Difficulty: 5.9

2011 Artistic Gymnastics World Championship (Tokyo)
1st Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Full Twisting Double Layout
2nd Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Arabian Piked
Fulll Turn with Leg at Horizontal, Tour Jete Half Turn
3rd Pass: Front Pike-Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Pike
Leap Jump into Tour Jete with full turn, Switch Leap
4th Pass: Round Off-Back Handspring-Double Layout


  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/portuguese/reporterbbc/story/2007/05/070409_dna_daiane_cg.shtml#. Daiane dos Santos é 'protótipo da brasileira'."
  2. ^ Decision by the FIG Presidential Commission sportcentric.com 27 January 2010

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Preceded by
Daniele Hypólito
Brazilian Sportswomen of the Year
2003, 2004
Succeeded by
Natália Falavigna