Lais Souza, paralyzed Olympic gymnast, eyes Rio torch relay, attending Games

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Lais Souza, a two-time Brazil Olympic gymnast paralyzed in a skiing accident on Jan. 27, 2014, said she will take part in the Rio Olympic torch relay and hopes to attend the Games in August.

Souza, 27, did interviews with Brazilian media including Globo and Universo Online ahead of the two-year anniversary of her recreational skiing crash after qualifying to take part in the Sochi 2014 Olympic aerials competition.

On Jan. 27, 2014, Souza suffered a broken neck and a spine injury after hitting a tree while skiing recreationally in Park City, Utah, not while training high-flying aerials maneuvers. The accident left her unable to move her arms and legs.

She has said she dreams of walking again and has a tattoo of a person in a wheelchair gradually standing up.

Souza said she will take part in the Olympic torch relay in São Paulo later this year and hopes to attend the Rio gymnastics competition and maybe the Opening Ceremony in August, according to Universo Online, but does not have tickets or an invitation.

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