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Carlos Yulo

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Gymnast Carlos Yulo breaks boundaries for Philippine sports as the first-ever Filipino to claim multiple medals on a global stage

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As the old adage goes: “Champions are made, not born.” Carlos Yulo’s vault onto the global stage as a world-renowned gymnast is exactly that: a story of perseverance, not privilege.

Yulo started first as trainee under the Philippine Sports Commission’s free training program for aspiring gymnasts at the young age of seven years old, and has over the years sharpened his technique to a competitive edge.

Today at only 21 years old, he stands as one of the most promising young gymnasts in the world, racking over 40 medals to date and becoming the first Southeast Asian and Filipino athlete to win a medal in the prestigious World Artistic Gymnastic Championships. And if his gold and silver at vault and parallel bars at this year’s championships are anything to go by, the story of this young champion has just begun—and so has his influence on aspiring athletes in the Philippines today.

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Carlos Yulo has shared that he dreams of competing alongside his 13-year-old brother Eldrew in the Olympics someday. 

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