Jade Barbosa's Instagram Documents Her Rio Olympics Determination After An Ankle Injury
Rio should have been the ultimate, career-topping event for Brazil's Jade Barbosa, an Olympic gymnast injured in the opening of the individual all-around on Thursday. She tried to continue her routine after being injured but the pain was too great to overcome. The crowd chanted, "Jade, Jade, Jade" and "Bra-zil" as she was wheeled out of the arena in a wheelchair. But the news is not all bad. She may have ended her 2016 performance on a painful note — she had to withdraw — she promised on her Instagram that she will be back.
Writing in Portuguese, she said: "I am very proud to be an Olympic finalist again!!! Competing at home is amazing. I'll soon be back to do what I love most. Thank you for the cheers!! 🇧🇷😘"
She posted that with a picture of her in full Olympic glory, a purple leotard made complete with sequins. But that was not her last update. She also posted a picture of her ankle, which was extremely swollen. You can only imagine the kind of pain she's suffering from. She wrote in Portuguese, "It's still big, hehe, but I am a lot better. Thanks for all of the sweet messages!"
The Brazilian broadcaster O Globo reported on their website that after her injury, Barbosa was taken to the clinic at the Olympic Village, where she was diagnosed with edema, or severe swelling, of the right ankle, which is evident in her Instagram photo.
This was Barbosa's second Olympics appearance. She competed in Beijing in 2008, but was not chosen for London in 2012 because of a contract dispute with the Brazilian gymnastics federation, SportingNews reported. She had scored a 13.700 on the balance beam before her injury interrupted her performance.
This is not Barbosa's first major injury. She had just returned to the sport in June 2015 after having knee surgery, Reuters reported.
In addition to the posts about her injury, there are many that include photos of her with other athletes. She posed in the Olympic rings with the rest of the team and then took some photos with Flávia Saraiva, who Barbosa called "Little Jade." Saraiva is just 16 and placed fifth in the balance beam Monday.
After the beam competition, Barbosa returned to Instagram to congratulate her young teammate. She wrote in Portuguese, "Fla ... I'm sure the best is yet to come !!! Congratulations on today .... you are our champion 😍 love you." The injury may have benched Barbosa but it seems she hasn't hung up the Olympic spirit of sportsmanship.