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12 Jul 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Olympic Solidarity

Ana Sofía Gómez Porras hopes to shine in London 2012

After competing in the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, Guatemalan gymnast Ana Sofía Gómez Porras is hoping her Olympic Solidarity scholarship will help her shine in London in 2012.

How did you get started in gymnastics?
The sport had always caught my attention, plus I had a lot of energy when I was little, which helped me a lot in gymnastics.

How has the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship helped you?
For the moment, the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship is helping me to continue my studies.

You competed in the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. What was that like for you?
It was one of the best experiences of my life because it was my first international competition and the standard was so high.

How much do you think your experiences in Singapore have helped your career?
I think it was very important because while I was there I competed against very talented rivals who I will face regularly in the future. It also helped me realise that I have the potential to compete at an international level.

What has been your greatest sporting achievement so far?
Qualifying for the Olympic Games and winning the silver medal in the all-around event and the gold medal in the balance beam at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011.

What are your targets for the London 2012 Olympic Games?
I want to do my best in the competition and hopefully win a medal.

What is a typical training week like for you?
It is a week that is full of challenges and opportunities!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love watching TV and trying out new gadgets. I also listen to all sorts of music.

Do you use social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, to keep in touch with people?
Yes, I use these social networks to find out what people are doing and also to see if anyone has been in touch with me.

Did you have any sporting heroes when you were younger?
I have always admired Rafael Nadal very much. He is a great tennis player.

Olympic Solidarity

Olympic Solidarity is the body that ensures that talented athletes, regardless of their financial status, have an equal chance of reaching the Olympic Games and succeeding in the Olympic arena.

It is responsible for administering and managing the National Olympic Committees’ share of the revenue from the sale of broadcasting rights to the Olympic Games.

Working in particular with the most disadvantaged NOCs and their Continental Associations, Olympic Solidarity uses this money to develop a range of assistance programmes.

Within its total budget, USD 61 million is earmarked to provide support to athletes for the 2009-2012 Olympic Solidarity quadrennial    period.
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