While most of the family were unable to make it to the Tokyo Paralympic Games due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Brazilian table tennis player Lethicia Rodrigues Lacerda and archer Jane karla gogel are an exception.
The couple are the only mother-daughter duo to compete in the Tokyo Games.
Rodrigues Lacerda, who is making her Paralympic debut in Tokyo, said she appreciates her mother’s advice.
“It’s very special to be with my mom here,” said the 18-year-old. Olympic Information Service. “We are both able to participate and share our emotions. Everything is very magical.
Gogel, meanwhile, is making her fourth Paralympic appearance in Tokyo. She competed in table tennis at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games before switching to archery ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
In his first table tennis match of the tournament, Rodrigues Lacerda lost 0-3 to Norway Aida Dahlen, an opponent his mother faced several times before switching to archery. Next, Rodrigues Lacerda will face China Huang Wenjuan.
The women’s archery competition begins later this week.
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A full Paralympic TV schedule (which includes a preview of coverage on NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel) can be found here.
Events can also be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. More information is available here.
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