Having competed for Italy up until 2013, Australian-born Miranda Giambelli will wear the green and gold at her debut Games in Rio.
Born in Canberra to an Italian father and Indonesian mother, Giambelli moved to Italy when she was six months old. She took up the sport at age eight after her dad wanted her to be able to defend herself.
Having had success for the Italian team, the -78kg fighter first thought about competing in 2012 and went on to compete in her first Oceania Championship in 2014.
Giambelli proved she had what it take to make the Rio Olympic Games winning her first European Cup event in Bratislava in 2014. Soon after she won her first Oceania Championship title in 2015 and claimed silver and bronze at two more European Cup events.
A second Oceania Championship title to kick off 2016 ensured she pushed inside the top 14 of the Olympic adjusted rankings to book her ticket to Rio. This ranking also allowed her to compete in her first Masters event in Mexico, where despite going down in her opening bout, gave her the chance to study many of her potential Rio opponents.
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Canberra, ACT, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 9th - 2016 Masters (Guadalajara, Mexico)
- 1st - 2016 Oceania Championships (Canberra, Australia
- 2nd – 2015 Oceania Open (Wollongong, Australia)
- 2nd – European Cup (Sindelfingen, Germany)
- 2nd – 2015 Australian Championships (Wollongong, Australia)
- Qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Winning the 2015 and 2016 Oceania Championship
- Winning gold at the 2014 Bratislava European Cup
- Central Queensland University - Bachelor of Psychological Science
Diego Brambilla (2005 - current)
Isao Okano Club & USW judo club
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Bali, because of my family
- Favourite music
- All of it, mostly pop and rap
- Dream car
- Audi A1
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- 8 Tattoos, and not stopping here. Most important says "Stones and dirt for a long time, but you keep digging cause you know it, you're a gold mine"
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My coach
- Why this sport?
- Judo because my dad wanted me to be able to defend myself