Flavia Lopes Saraiva (born September 30 in Rio de Janeiro) is an elite Brazilian gymnast and 2016 Olympian. Her best event is balance beam. She is the 2014 Youth Olympic Games Floor Exercise Champion and All-Around and Balance Beam silver medalist.
Saraiva made her international debut in early 2013, when she placed tenth in the all-around at the Houston National Invitational. That December, she competed at the Gymnasiade in her home country, winning balance beam and floor exercise gold, team, and all-around silver, and placing sixth on uneven bars.
In February 2014, she competed at the WOGA Classic, winning gold on beam, silver with the Brazilian team, and placing fifth in the all-around. In late March, she competed at the Junior Pan American Championships, winning all-around and floor exercise gold, team silver, and uneven bars and balance beam bronze. In August, she won the junior all-around at the Brazilian Nationals, as well as bronze on balance beam. Saravia was selected to replace an injured Rebeca Andrade at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She won gold on floor exercise and silver in the all-around and on balance beam.
In November, she competed at the Brazilian Junior Nationals, winning all-around, uneven bars, and floor exercise silver.
The new head coach of Brazil, Aleksandr Aleksandrov, had spoken highly of Brazil's juniors, saying they will play a big role in preparing the nation for the Rio Olympics.
Saraiva's senior debut came at the São Paulo World Cup in May, where she won floor exercise gold, balance beam silver, and placed eighth on uneven bars. At the end of the month, she won all-around gold and team bronze at the Flanders International Team Challenge in Ghent, Belgium. In July, she competed at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. In the team final, she had a near fall on balance beam, where she had to touch the beam to stay on, and stepped out of bounds on floor exercise, but her other scores helped Brazil to a team bronze medal. In the all-around, she had the same mistake on beam, but managed to win a second bronze medal. Unfortunately, she fell in the event finals for both balance beam and floor exercise, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.
At the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in October, she helped the Brazilian team qualify a full team to the Test Event, but suffered falls in the all-around and finished last.
Saraiva started off the season much better at the Baku World Cup in February. She unveiled a new floor routine and won balance beam and floor exercise gold and uneven bars bronze. In March, she competed at the City of Jesolo Trophy, winning team silver over Italy and placing fourth on floor and in the all-around and fifth on balance beam. In April, she competed at the Olympic Test Event, winning team gold and helping Brazil qualify a full team to the Olympics. Individually, she won floor exercise gold and all-around and balance beam silver. In May, she was named to the Brazilian team for the Olympics. In June, she competed at the Anadia World Cup, winning gold on balance beam and floor exercise.
Brazil competed in the third subdivision of qualifications, starting on balance beam. Brazil qualified fifth to the team final, so expectations were high going into Tuesday. Individually, she qualified nineteenth to the all-around and third to the balance beam final. Unfortunately, Brazil underperformed in the team final and finished eighth. She opted to pull out of the all-around in order to focus on the balance beam final, but after a few wobbles, she finished fifth.
Saraiva started off the season at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy in April. She won silver with her team, placed fifth in the all-around, tied for silver on beam with France's Marine Boyer, and tied for gold on floor exercise with USA's Abby Paulson.
|2013||Houston National Invitational||10|
|Junior Pan American Championships||2nd||1st||3rd||3rd||1st|
|Brazilian National Championships||1st||3rd|
|Nanjing Youth Olympic Games||2nd||2nd||1st|
|Brazilian Junior National Championships||2nd||2nd||2nd|
|2015||São Paulo World Cup||8||2nd||1st|
|Flanders International Team Challenge||3rd||1st|
|Toronto Pan American Games||3rd||3rd||5||6|
|Glasgow World Championships||24|
|2016||Baku World Cup||3rd||1st||1st|
|City of Jesolo Trophy||2nd||4||5||4|
|Rio de Janeiro Olympic Test Event||1st||2nd||2nd||1st|
|Anadia World Cup||1st||1st|
|Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games||8||5|
|2017||City of Jesolo Trophy||2nd||5||2nd||1st|
2013-2015 - "Bublitschki" by Paul Mauriat