Wania Monteiro

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Wania Monteiro
Country represented  Cape Verde
Born (1986-08-09) 9 August 1986 (age 31)
Santa Catarina
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) (5'7")
Weight 62kg (137lb)
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Assistant coach(es) Santa Catarina, Santiago

Wania Monteiro (born 9 August 1986[1]) is a Cape Verdean rhythmic gymnast.


Born in Santa Catarina, Santiago, she lived in Praia for a while. She is trained by Elena Atmacheva. Time noted that she often trained "in a dilapidated gym with ceilings too low to accommodate a proper hoop or ball toss", due to a lack of adequate facilities in Cape Verde.[2]

She later moved to the USA where she currently studies.[citation needed]

Sports career[edit]

Monteiro represented her country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and was Cape Verde's flag bearer during the Games's opening ceremony.[3] She was also the first gymnast from Cape Verde to compete in the Olympic Games.[4]

In 2006, she won four medals at the African Gymnastics Championships, three bronze and one gold, being present on all podiums during this competition.[5]

Monteiro competed again at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing,[6] and was, again, her country's flagbearer during the Games' opening ceremony.[7] She finished 24th, with 49.050 points.


  1. ^ Wania Monteiro at the International Federation of Gymnastics
  2. ^ "Beaten, But Not Defeated", Time, August 30, 2004
  3. ^ Fédération internationale de Gymnastique
  4. ^ About competitors in Athens, Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique
  5. ^ Cap Vert, Petit Futé, ISBN 2-7469-1620-7, p.66
  6. ^ "Gymnastics Rhythmic", official website of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  7. ^ List of flagbearers, Beijing 2008

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