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Maria Eduarda MICCUCI
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Born07 Jun 1995 in Campos, BRA
Height1.67 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, Portuguese
Higher education
Statistics - National School of Statistical Sciences [ENCE]: Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2007 in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
Why this sport?
She used to practise ballet and swimming before her father encouraged her to try the sport. "My father told me about it [artistic swimming]. I didn't know what it was but it was close to home so I decided to give it a try. I lived in Joao Pessoa and there I began. A year later I moved to Rio de Janeiro and began training at Fluminense, where I had my first competitions and where I realised I wanted to do it professionally."
Club / Team
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo [BRA] / Navy [BRA]: Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Name of coach
Jessica Noutel [club], BRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Duda (globoesporte.globo.com, 08 Aug 2018)
Hobbies
Going to the beach, being with her family, travelling. (flamengo.com.br, 24 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (olimpiadatododia.com.br, 20 Apr 2020)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian beach volleyball player Bruno Schmidt. (flamengo.com.br, 24 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever." (cob.org.br, 21 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Flamengo Olimpico Award from the Flamengo club in Brazil. (Instagram profile, 15 Dec 2018)

She carried the Olympic torch through Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil, during the relay for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (campos.rj.gov.br, 29 Jul 2016)

In 2015 and 2016 she and Luisa Borges were named Synchronised Swimmers of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee [COB]. (marinha.mil.br, 04 Apr 2017; brasil2016.gov.br, 14 Dec 2015)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Laura Miccuci has represented Brazil in artistic swimming, winning a silver medal and a bronze medal at the 2018 Pan American Championships in Riverside, CA, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Jan 2019; globoesporte.globo.com, 08 Aug 2018)
Other information
DEPRESSION
In 2017 she was affected by depression. She says companionship with her teammates at the Flamengo club during the 2017 Brazilian championships helped her to overcome the condition. "I was in a complicated stage. The girls and all the technical staff helped me so much. I thought I had lost all interest in artistic swimming and other things, as normally happens when people have depression. But I discovered that many people were beside me." (flamengo.com.br, 24 Jul 2019)

OTHER ROLES
In 2019 she was elected to the athletes' commission of the Brazilian Aquatic Sports Confederation [CBDA]. (olimpiadatododia.com.br, 27 Dec 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team 171.998
Preliminary Round 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Duet 167.334
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
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 Duet Technical Routine 81.302
Preliminary Round 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 82.833
10 2015 Kazan, RUS Free Routine Combination 84.800
12 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Free Routine 84.467 
11 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Technical Routine 82.937
Preliminary round 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Technical Routine 81.707
11 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Free Routine 85.267