Not every Olympic-caliber athlete chooses to get tattoos that commemorate the Olympic experience. Some are just big fans of body art and the meaning they have. Portuguese distance runner, Jessica Augusto, is one such athlete.
Born in 1981, Augusto has had a passion for distance running her whole life. She has been involved in competitive racing in many disciplines, including cross-country, road running, marathon and even steeplechase. At 18 years of age, Jessica achieved her first major accomplishment in high-level competition, when she took a silver medal with her team in junior race at the European Cross Country championships (she took 8th overall, individually).
The European Cross-Country championships have proven to be an annual rite of medal collection for Jessica. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, she contributed to the team gold medal for Portugal. In 2009, she won an individual silver medal and then scored a gold medal in 2010. Jessica’s success has not been limited just to the cross country. She also has achieved gold medals in international competition in the 3000m (3 times), as well as the 1500m and 5000m races.
On the largest stage, the Olympics, Jessica has performed well, but has not yet medaled. At Beijing in 2008, she competed in 5000m and steeplechase, but did not reach the finals in either event. In 2012, at the London Games, she finished in 7th place, just 2 minutes behind the Olympic record set by the gold medalist Tiki Gelana (of Ethiopia).
Jessica has two very noticeable tattoos. The first one is her most meaningful. The inside of her right bicep has a script of her father’s name, Arnaldo Augusto. Her father was a main inspiration in her life and he passed just 6 weeks after she competed in the London Marathon. This is her tribute to him.
Jessica does not have an officially recognized Twitter account.