Isadora Cerullo

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Isadora Cerullo
Date of birth (1991-03-24) March 24, 1991 (age 27)
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Rugby union career
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2014-Present Brazil
Medal record
Women’s rugby sevens
Representing  Brazil
Pan American Games
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Toronto Team

Isadora Cerullo (born March 24, 1991) is a Brazilian-American rugby sevens player.

Early life and education[edit]

Cerullo was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Brazil in the last years of the country’s military dictatorship which lasted from 1964 to 1985.[1] She is one of four children and a triplet, with two brothers the same age and one older brother. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Brazil.[2][3][4] Cerullo graduated in 2009 from William G. Enloe High School, where she was a member of the varsity soccer and cross country teams. She went on to attend Columbia University to study medicine and was a member of the rugby team and a writer for the Columbia Daily Spectator, graduating in 2013.[5][6] While a student at Columbia, she worked as an emergency medical technician.


Cerullo was recruited to play internationally while a member of Philadelphia Women's Rugby Football Club.[7][8] Cerullo moved to São Paulo to play rugby professionally. She won a bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games as a member of the Brazil women's national rugby sevens team.[9] She was selected for the Brazil women's rugby sevens team to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[10] Brazil's women's rugby team placed ninth at the 2016 Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Following the final of the women's rugby sevens at the 2016 Summer Olympics Cerullo's partner of two years, Marjorie Yuri Enya, walked onto the field at Deodoro Stadium and publicly asked Cerullo to marry her.[11][12] The proposal was widely reported in the media, with Cerullo being the first athlete to accept a marriage proposal at the Olympics.[13][14][15][16] The couple currently lives in São Paulo.[17] Cerullo is a feminist.[18]


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  2. ^ Associated Press (2016-07-23). "Isadora Cerullo – OlympicTalk". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  3. ^ Meri-Jo Borzilleri (2016-07-26). "ROAD TO RIO | Belmont's Brian Baker hopes next week starts Olympic medal epoch | American Sports Network". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  4. ^ Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press. "Foreign athletes use Brazilian connections to make it to Rio - Sports - - Providence, RI". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  5. ^ Lokey, Anna. "Former Columbia Rugby player is proposed to at the Rio Olympics - Columbia Daily Spectator". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  6. ^ "Isadora Cerullo | Columbia Daily Spectator". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  7. ^ "Olympics 2016: How an American turned down Columbia's med school to play rugby for Brazil". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  8. ^ "Philadelphia Women's Rugby Football Club". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  9. ^ "Isadora CERULLO". 2015 Pan American Games. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  10. ^ "Rio 2016 hosts Brazil name Olympic squads". Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  11. ^ "Rio 2016: Brazilian rugby player accepts surprise on-field marriage proposal after 7s final". ABC News. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  12. ^ "This Volunteer Proposing To Her Girlfriend In Rio Will Melt Your Cold Heart". 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  13. ^ Alexandra Sims (2013-05-16). "Rio 2016: Olympic athlete Isadora Cerullo gets engaged to girlfriend on rugby field | People | News". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  14. ^ "This Olympian Just Got Engaged To Her Girlfriend In Rio". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  15. ^ "Brazilian Olympic Games player Isadora Cerullo said yes when partner Marjorie Enya proposed to her on pitch at Rugby Sevens". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  16. ^ Elle Hunt (1970-01-01). "Love wins: Brazilian women's rugby player gets first Olympic marriage proposal | Sport". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  17. ^ Reddy, Luke (1970-01-01). "Rio Olympics 2016: Venue worker's marriage proposal to Brazil player accepted - BBC Sport". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  18. ^ Cerullo, Isadora (2010-02-28). "Rethinking true equality". Retrieved 2016-08-11.