Ana Marcela Cunha

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World 25K Champion
Ana Marcela
Ana Marcela
Ana Marcela De Jesus S. Da Cunha is a world-class Brazilian open water swimmer who finished 5th in the 2008 Beijing Olympics 10K Marathon Swim and was the 2011 world 25K marathon swimming champion. She was the youngest competitor in the marathon field in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Ana is one of the fastest swimmers in the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit having won races from Brazil to Hong Kong. She was selected as FINA's female open water swimmer of the year in 2010.

She participated in the 2011 FINA World Championships in the 10K Olympic qualifier in Shanghai, China, just missing out on automatically qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics but winning her first world open water swimming championship in the tough 25K distance. She won the first open water swimming race at a FINA World Championship event for Brazil.

She was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and won the grid race and the pro swim at the 2011 Rei e Rainha Do Mar (King and Queen of the Sea) in Rio de Janeiro, and the overall title at the 15 km Travessia Mar Grande Salvador in Brazil in 2012 and 2013.

She won the 2012 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup series for the second time in her career and was awarded the Best Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2010 by FINA.

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World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Ana was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Her World Open Water Swimming Association nomination read,

Ana Marcela Cunha was consistently competitive throughout the year in all corners of the world. She is tenaciously tough in myriad conditions, warm and cold, rough and calm, fresh and salt. She is always spectacularly speedy down the finish against the world's fastest swimmers. And the reigning 25K world champion does it with a broad smile on her face and a deep appreciation in her heart. With a pride to represent her native country well, the Brazilian Olympian does local races, domestic series, and won her second FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup series title by swimming 8 pro marathons around the world from January to October. She garnered 4 victories in Israel, Mexico, Hong Kong and China as well as a second, two thirds and a sixth in Argentina, Brazil and Canada. Air miles, jet lag, time zone differences: none played a role in slowing the juggernaut down. For her boundless joy in traveling the world to race all-comers, for her victories against the world's best, for her constant smile before and after races, Ana Marcela Cunha is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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A Universidade Santa Cecília - UNISANTA, primeira do ranking nacional no gênero, pela sua excelente estrutura física e através de um corpo técnico altamento especializado, além de disponibilizar os recursos financeiros, educacionais e outros de igual relevância, executa um criterioso programa de treinamento que possibilita o desenvolvimento e o aperfeiçoamento das aptidões da atleta em busca de resultados cada vez mais expressivos. Tudo isso faz a aluna-atleta Ana Marcela dizer com orgulho: Eu sou do Santa!

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