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Sisters escape Rio slums and go for Gold

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>> They are the Williams sisters of badminton. Lohaynny and Luana Vicente, who's drug dealing father was killed in a shoot out with police 16 years ago, rising from the favelas of Rio to become two of Brazil's elite athletes, with 20 year old Lohaynny even earning a shot at Olympic glory.
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>> It is the first time that Brazil is going to take part in badminton in the Olympics and I am the first woman. So I think it is significant for badminton.>> The sisters moved around frequently as toddlers. Their father hiding from authorities and rival drug gangs. The slums they lived in were often devoid of even basic services like electricity, sewage systems, and security.
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Not to mention sports equipment. But after their father's death their mother relocated them to a new favela, one with a unique opportunity.>> We started when we were living in the Mora de Shakrina community, where there was a social project teaching only badminton. In Shakrina they also had soccer, but as we didn't like soccer, we started out with badminton, and really liked it.
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Then we started to play tournaments and travel the world.>> The sisters, who won silver in doubles at the Pan American Games last year, now enjoy sponsorship deals and live in a home near Sal Paolo paid for by the Brazilian Badminton Federation. From time to time they get to visit their mother, who now lives in a middle class neighborhood in Rio, not far from the favela where they first picked up their rackets.