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Giovana STEPHAN
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Born05 May 1990 in Itaś de Minas, BRA
Height1.65 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Student
Languages
French, Portuguese
Higher education
Economics - Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro: Brazil
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age nine in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Why this sport?
She initially took part in gymnastics but found the sport too difficult. "I began in 1999. I did artistic gymnastics, but I did not want to anymore, and I really liked swimming. I went to a pool and I saw several legs up. It was the national team practising with Monica Rosas. I turned to my mother and said that I wanted to do that too. So she signed me up for classes. After my first competition, I realised it was something that I really wanted to do. I was only nine years old."
Club / Team
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo: Rio de Janeiro, BRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Gi (flamengo.com.br, 31 Mar 2017)
Hobbies
Going to the beach, spending time with friends, photography, watching TV. (olimpiadatododia.com.br, 23 Jan 2019; flamengo.com.br, 03 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the team event at the Pan American Games in 2007 and 2011. (flamengo.com.br, 03 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian basketball player Oscar Schmidt. (flamengo.com.br, 03 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Let nothing define us." (Instagram profile, 19 May 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 Synchronised Swimming Athlete of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee [COB]. (rio2016.com, 16 Dec 2014)
Milestones
She became the first Brazilian artistic swimmer to reach an individual final at the world championships when she achieved the feat in 2009 in Rome, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 May 2018; cob.org.br, 29 Mar 2010; cob.org.br, 20 Jul 2009)
Other information
PARTNERSHIP
She began training alongside mixed duet partner Renan Alcantara in 2015. "It [the mixed duet] is a transformation in our sport, which was basically feminine. It was something that I embraced. I was introduced to Renan by Maura Xavier, a national coach at the time. I asked if Renan wanted to return to artistic swimming, because he quit. So we teamed up and it worked out. I have done duets with girls, but with him it is better. We have a connection. It is special to be part of something revolutionary for the sport." (flamengo.com.br, 03 Jul 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied physiotherapy at the Estacio University in Brazil. (Facebook profile, 22 Jul 2019; flamengo.com.br, 03 Jul 2019)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Technical Routine 79.449
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Free Routine 81.233 
Preliminary Round 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Technical Routine  
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR Free Routine Combination 83.633
Preliminary Round 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Free Routine  
Preliminary Round 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Technical Routine 77.613
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 79.085
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 80.066
10 2015 Kazan, RUS Free Routine Combination 84.800
10 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Technical Routine 84.000
Preliminary round 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Free Routine 81.930
10 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Free Routine 83.520
13 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Technical Routine 82.500
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN Solo Technical Routine 82.900
12 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Technical Routine 85.600
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN Solo Free Routine 84.390
12 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Free Routine 85.160
12 2009 Rome, ITA Solo Technical Routine 86.500
Preliminary Round 2009 Rome, ITA Solo Free Routine 84.833
11 2009 Rome, ITA Team Technical Routine 86.833
12 2009 Rome, ITA Team Free Routine 88.333
8 2009 Rome, ITA Free Routine Combination 88.667
10 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Technical Routine 89.000
9 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Free Routine Combination 89.334
10 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Free Routine 90.333
11 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN Team 89.000
10 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN Free Routine Combination 89.666
FINA World Trophy
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Total 275.000
7 2006 Moscow, RUS Total 269.667