Young at Heart and Soul - Janice Teixeira


Janice Teixeira (born 20 May 1962) is a Brazilian sports shooter. She competed in the women's trap event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1] She suffered a stroke while working as commentator at the 2008 Summer Olympics.


Making an Olympic debut aged 54 is some feat in itself, but for Brazilian trap shooter Janice Teixeira it surely comes second to confounding medics with a remarkable recovery from a stroke.

Teixeira suffered the scare at the 2008 Beijing Games while working as a TV commentator.

"I was taken to the hospital with the entire left side of my body paralyzed. I couldn't speak, couldn't pronounce a word," she said.

But 40 minutes later the Brazilian was showing no symptoms, in a case that baffled doctors.

"Even the medical team had a hard time understanding how it happened," Teixeira said.

The oldest member of the Brazilian team, Teixeira said a team of doctors who reviewed her test results could not explain her recovery, other than her healthy lifestyle.

"I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and I don't eat anything fat. I don't drink, I don't smoke, and I have exercised since I was seven," she said.

Teixeira is hoping those habits will mean there is no end in sight to her sporting ambitions.