Judo Gold Medalist Gets Hero’s Welcome In Poor Hometown

Life was certainly not easy for Brazilian Olympian Rafaela Silva. The 24-year-old judoka grew up in Cidade de Deus, a favela (slum) in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone and the backdrop of the eponymous crime drama, City of God. According to a 2013 report by the BBC, the city “became┬ánotorious for its gangsters, criminals and dangerous streets.”

However, when Silva returned to CDD (as Cidade de Deus is often called by the locals), there was nothing but joy. ┬áHaving recently won a gold medal in the 57-kilogram women’s division in judo, Silva was given a hero’s welcome when she arrived back in her hometown.

You can check out the entire from England’s The Telegraph below.


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