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Maria COUTINHO
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Born03 Sep 1998 in Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Height1.68 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Journalism - Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro: Brazil
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Why this sport?
Her grandmother and her mother both competed in the sport and introduced her to it. Her grandmother had also been an artistic swimming judge. "My grandmother always took me to competitions. I was practising swimming and I got hooked."
Club / Team
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo: Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Name of coach
Jessica Noutel [club], BRA
International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Brazil
General Interest
Hobbies
Cycling, going to the beach, football. (cob.org.br, 01 Jul 2016; flamengo.com.br, 05 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Russian synchronised swimmer Natalia Ishchenko. (cob.org.br, 01 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2017 and 2018 she was named Artistic Swimmer of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee [COB]. (flamengo.com.br, 19 Dec 2018; tudopelosurf.com.br, 23 Feb 2018)
Famous relatives
Her mother Cristiana Lobo represented Brazil in artistic swimming at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Her grandmother Ana Maria Lobo also competed in the sport, winning a bronze medal at the 1963 Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and later became a judge. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Apr 2019; cbda.org.br, 17 Jul 2017; oglobo.globo.com, 08 May 2016; flamengo.com.br, 28 Nov 2015, 05 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (flamengo.com.br, 04 Aug 2021)
Other information
SANCTION
In 2019 she was suspended for one year after she returned an adverse analytical finding for the prohibited substance furosemide in an out-of-competition test carried out by the Brazilian Doping Control Authority [ABCD] in June 2019. She was informed while competing at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. She was removed from the Brazilian team at the world championships as well as for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (globoesporte.globo.com, 16 Apr 2020, 16 Jul 2019; esportes.yahoo.com, 29 Sep 2019; bestswim.com.br, 14 Apr 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team 171.998
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Preliminary Round 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Technical Routine 81.039
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR Free Routine Combination 83.633
Preliminary Round 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Free Routine  DNS
Preliminary Round 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Free Routine 80.133
Preliminary Round 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 81.302
Preliminary Round 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 82.833
10 2015 Kazan, RUS Free Routine Combination 84.800
11 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Technical Routine 82.937
11 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Free Routine 85.267