Brazilian gymnast Ana Paula SchefferA bronze medalist with the hoop at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio, she was found dead this Friday at age 31, in the house where she lived with her parents, in the municipality of Toledo, Paraná state.
Scheffer, currently working as a coach for promising youngsters, was “one of the most notable rhythmic gymnastics athletes of her generation,” the Brazilian Gymnastics Confederation (CBG) said in a statement.
The main suspicion of his death is that he suffered a sudden heart attack, his mother, Sonia Scheffer, told local media, who found her daughter dead in the room after calling her and receiving no answer.
In addition to the bronze medal at the Rio Pan American Games, Ana Paula Scheffer participated in the 2005 Pan American Games, as well as the 2006 South American Games in Buenos Aires and the 2010 South American Games in Medellín.
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He also represented Brazil at the 2009 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Japan.
“Ana Paula Scheffer is one of the athletes who built our rhythmic gymnastics and who made it a source of pride for all Brazilians,” said the president of the CBG, María Luciene Cacho Resende in the note.
“In addition to inspiring, I had an important job of training new athletes in Paraná. It is leaving too soon, but it will not be forgotten. My condolences to family and friends,” he added.
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