Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter Thiago Braz da Silva chatted with Digital Journal about his 23rd birthday and plans for 2017.

When asked to reflect on the past year, Braz da Silva said, “One of the things that made me very emotional is the ‘flash’ I had after I passed 6.03 meters. It seemed like a movie in my head. I saw all the bad moments of my life, all the choices I had to make, all the difficulties I’ve been through, I can’t say that 2016 will be the best year of my life, although, it is unforgettable! It was the start for all of my dreams.”

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