Daniele Hypólito

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Daniele Hypólito
Daniele Hypólito Rio 2016.jpg
Hypólito at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full nameDaniele Matias Hypólito
Country represented Brazil
Born (1984-09-08) September 8, 1984 (age 37)
Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil
Height147 cm (4 ft 10 in)[1]
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior international
Head coach(es)Alexandre Carvalho[1]
MusicHello Zepp (2009–2012)
World rankingVault: 5
Bars: 2
Beam: 12

Daniele Matias Hypólito (born September 8, 1984) is a Brazilian gymnast who competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.[3] Hypólito was the first athlete from Brazil to ever win a medal at the World Championships, a silver on floor exercise in 2001.[4] 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 won the Brazilian National Championships more than ten times; has represented Brazil at the World Championships thirteen times, competing in every Worlds meet from 1999 to 2015, except in 2009; has taken part in every edition of the Olympic Games from 2000 to 2016; and has competed at five Pan American Games between 1999 and 2015.


Hypólito was born in Santo André, São Paulo to parents Wagner and Geni. Her younger brother, Diego, is also a world-class gymnast. In 2001, she became the first Brazilian gymnast to win a World Championships medal, earning silver on the floor exercise. Daniele Hypolito is Roman Catholic.[5]

Gymnastics career[edit]

Hypólito at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Daniele Hypólito at the 2007 Pan American Games

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.[4]

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.

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.[6] 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.[7] At the 2008 Brazilian National Championships, she placed first on the balance beam, second on floor, and third in the all-around and vault.[8]

At the Olympics, Hypólito competed on three events — bars, beam and floor exercise — in the preliminary round of competition.[9] 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.[10]

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 the team competition behind US, Canada, Mexico and Colombia; and 7th in all-around.[11]

In 2012, her first competition was the 2012 Gymnastics Olympic Test Event. She helped the Brazilian team to qualify in fourth place 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.[12]

Hypolito won the Brazilian National Championships again in 2014; her club, CEGIN, took second in the team event. At the 2014 South American Games, she was a member of the gold medal-winning Brazilian team. Individually, she won gold on floor exercise and placed fifth in the all-around. Hypolito competed at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, where she placed third with the Brazilian team.[13] Hypolito then went on to compete at the 2015 World Championships , where she helped Brazil place 9th in Team Qualifications, just missing out on a place in the Team Final and a place at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Hypolito began her 2016 season at the Baku World Challenge Cup in February where she qualified to the uneven bars final and won the silver medal on that event behind Germany's Lina Philipp. In March 2016, Hypolito traveled to Jesolo, Italy to compete at the 2016 City of Jesolo Trophy. Hypolito helped the Brazilian team place 2nd and individually placed 20th All Around. In April, Hypolito competed at the Olympic Test Event in Rio, where she performed on three events and helped the Brazilian team qualify a full team berth for the Olympics.[14]

Hypolito competed with the Brazilian team at the 2016, where she was the team's lead-off gymnast on beam and floor in the qualifying round. Her 14.266 score on beam was the second highest on the Brazilian team. The team qualified for finals, where Hypolito was again lead-off on beam and posted a 14.133.


  1. ^ a b c Daniele Hypólito. cob.org.br
  2. ^ Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique-Women's Artistic Gymnastics World Ranking Lists. Fig-gymnastics.com. Retrieved on August 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Daniele Hypólito". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on December 4, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "In our Spotlight: Daniele Hypólito" International Gymnast, November 2001
  5. ^ pan.uol.com.br
  6. ^ "Pan Am Games conclude" International Gymnast, July 17, 2007
  7. ^ "Ostapenko confirma Daniele em Pequim" Terra Esportes, June 22, 2008
  8. ^ "Daniele Hypólito leva ouro na trave no Campeonato Brasileiro" UOL Esporte, June 13, 2008
  9. ^ "Team qualifying round apparatus scores". NBC Olympics. August 10, 2008. Retrieved August 13, 2008.
  10. ^ "Team final scores". NBC Olympics. August 12, 2008. Archived from the original on August 16, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2008.
  11. ^ Daniele Hypólito alcança 9ª medalha e comemora: "é o que importa". Esportes.terra.com.br (July 1, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-08-05.
  12. ^ Mota, Cahê (January 11, 2012) Daniele Hypolito brilha, e meninas garantem Brasil em Londres-2012. globoesporte.globo.com
  13. ^ Gymnastics Artistic | Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. Toronto2015.org. Retrieved on August 5, 2016.
  14. ^ "Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique".

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Preceded by Brazilian Sportswomen of the Year
2001, 2002
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