Daniele Hypólito

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Daniele Hypólito
— Gymnast —
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Daniele Hypólito at the 2007 Pan Am Games.
Personal information
Full name Daniele Matias Hypólito
Nickname(s) Dani
Country represented  Brazil
Born (1984-09-08) September 8, 1984 (age 30)
Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior international
Club Flamengo
Head coach(es) Georgette Vidor
Ricardo Pereira
Oleg Ostapenko
Music Hello Zepp (2009-2012)

Daniele Matias Hypólito (born September 8, 1984) is a Brazilian gymnast who competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Hypólito was the first athlete from Brazil ever to win a medal at the World Championships, a silver on floor exercise in 2001.[1] She is also the nine-time senior all-around Brazilian National Champion in artistic gymnastics, 2002 South American Games all-around champion and 2003 Pan American Games all-around bronze medalist. To date Hypólito has represented Brazil at the World Championships twelve times, competing in every Worlds meet from 1999 to 2014, as well as the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games.


Hypólito was born in Santo André, São Paulo to parents Wagner and Geni. Her younger brother, Diego, is also a world-class gymnast. In 2005 he became the first male Brazilian gymnast to win a World Championships medal, earning gold on the floor exercise.

Gymnastics career[edit]

Training in Rio de Janeiro, Hypólito was competing internationally by the time she was 10 years old. As a junior, she won the all-around in the Junior Pan Am Games in 1998 and the Canberra Cup in 1999. Hypólito placed a modest 27th in the all-around at the 1999 World Gymnastics Championships, but helped Brazil qualify athletes to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She was chosen to represent Brazil at the Olympics and qualified for the all-around final, finishing in 20th place.[1]

In 2001, Hypólito made dramatic improvements. At that year's World Championships, she placed fourth in the all-around, scoring 9.056 on vault, 8.912 on bars, 9.375 on beam and 9.562 on floor. Until Jade Barbosa's bronze medal win at the 2007 World Championships, this placement was the highest AA finish ever achieved by a Brazilian gymnast in Worlds or Olympic competition. Hypólito followed up her strong AA showing by winning Brazil's first ever gymnastics medal, a silver, in the floor exercise event final (9.487). She continued to do well in 2002, winning the all-around and every event final gold except uneven bars at the South American Games and placing 5th on floor at the World Championships (9.237). At the 2003 World Championships Hypólito placed last in the all-around after injuring herself on her first event, however, she helped Brazil qualify a full team for the 2004 Olympics. At the Olympics, Hypólito competed well, helping the Brazilian team to a ninth place finish and placing 12th in the all-around.

Hypólito placed 9th in the all-around at the 2005 World Championships. In 2006 she won her ninth national championships. She also won the silver medal on balance beam at the 2006 World Cup Finals, one of the major events on the FIG calendar, that took place in São Paulo, Brazil.

Daniele Hypólito at the 2007 Pan American Games

In 2007, Hypólito placed second in the all-around at the Brazilian National Championships and won the floor exercise title. She was a member of the silver medal-winning Brazilian team at the 2007 Pan American Games, where she placed 5th in the all-around and won a bronze medal on beam. She scored 15.375, while the silver-medalist Nastia Liukin got 15.9 and the gold-medalist, Shawn, scored 16.15.[2] She also participated in the 2007 World Championships, where she helped the Brazilian team to its highest placing ever, fifth in the team finals. She also competed at the 2007 Arthur Gander Memorial Cup in Switzerland, where she placed 4th all-around and won a bronze medal on floor.

In 2008, Hypólito left the National Training Center in Curitiba to return to her home club, Flamengo, in Rio de Janeiro.[3] At the 2008 Brazilian National Championships, she placed first on the balance beam, second on floor, and third in the all-around and vault.[4]

At the Olympics, Hypólito competed on three events—bars, beam and floor exercise—in the preliminary round of competition.[5] In the team finals, she competed on balance beam and uneven bars, contributing scores of 14.925 and 14.625 to the Brazilian team's 8th place finish.[6]

In 2010, back to important competitions, she competed in 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She placed 18th in All Around Final and 10th in team final. In 2011, Daniele helped Brazilian team to place 14th in 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She also improved her individual result, placing 13th in All Around Final. In 2011 Pan American Games, Daniele won two bronze medals: on floor (13.75) and on beam (13.75). She placed 5th in Team Competition (behind USA, Canada, Mexico and Colombia) and 7th in All Around Comepetition. [1]

In 2012, her first competition was in 2012 Gymnastics Olympic Test Event. She helped Brazilian Team to qualify in 4th for the 2012 Olympic Games. In the event finals, she scored 14.066 on vault and placed fourth. Her teammate Jade Barbosa won the gold. On floor, she received 13.733 and was 8th. Vanessa Ferrari was the champion. [2].


  1. ^ a b "In our Spotlight: Daniele Hypólito" International Gymnast, November 2001
  2. ^ "Pan Am Games conclude" International Gymnast, July 17, 2007
  3. ^ "Ostapenko confirma Daniele em Pequim" Terra Esportes, June 22, 2008
  4. ^ "Daniele Hypólito leva ouro na trave no Campeonato Brasileiro" UOL Esporte, June 13, 2008
  5. ^ "Team qualifying round apparatus scores". NBC Olympics. 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Team final scores". NBC Olympics. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 

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Preceded by
Leila Barros
Brazilian Sportswomen of the Year
2001, 2002
Succeeded by
Daiane dos Santos