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Gisele Bundchen Shares Emotional Post About The Olympics Ahead of ‘Historic’ Rio Opening Ceremony

by Jennifer Drysdale 3:57 PM PDT, August 05, 2016
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Gisele Bundchen is feeling “humbled and honored” before she takes the stage at the Olympics.

The 36-year-old supermodel will return to the runway for Friday’s Opening Ceremony, representing her home country of Brazil -- and she couldn’t be more proud.

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Ahead of her Olympic debut, in which she will walk the longest runway of her career, Bundchen took to Instagram to share an emotional post about the day’s upcoming events.

"The Olympics symbolize so much for our global community," she wrote, along with a picture of herself facing the Brazilian sunset holding her hands in a heart. "The unity that is felt is amazing and gives me goose bumps."

"There is so much dedication and love the athletes themselves pour into their chosen sport," she explained. "Each athlete has given their all to achieve lifelong dreams and their journeys have led them here to Rio to compete for their countries with pride."

Bundchen, describing the current energy in Brazil as "electric and contagious," goes on to state how honored she is to represent her country at the Olympics. "I am so happy to be part of the opening ceremony in my homeland and to celebrate these bright stars from around the globe," she said.

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"As I walk down tonight on the longest runway I have ever been on I will be sending out all my love and positivity. I am humbled and honored to be part of this historic moment for my country," she concluded. "I believe that the unity is the key to creating a world filled with kindness, gratitude, peace, and love."

The Olympics symbolize so much for our global community. The unity that is felt is amazing and gives me goose bumps. There is so much dedication and love the athlete’s themselves pour into their chosen sport. Each athlete has given their all to achieve lifelong dreams and their journeys have led them here to Rio to compete for their countries with pride. The energy is electric and contagious. I am so happy to be part of the opening ceremony in my homeland and to celebrate these bright stars from around the globe. I truly believe that each Olympian lights the path for the next young child dreaming of being at the Olympics and encourages the practice of sports. As I walk down tonight on the longest runway I have ever been on I will be sending out all my love and positivity. I am humbled and honored to be part of this historic moment for my country. I believe that the unity is the key to creating a world filled with kindness, gratitude, peace, and love.❤️🙏🏼🇧🇷🌎 Os Jogos Olímpicos simbolizam muito para a nossa comunidade global. A união de todos os povos é maravilhosa e me dá arrepios. É tocante ver que os atletas colocam toda sua dedicação e amor no esporte escolhido por eles. Cada atleta deu seu melhor ao longo de sua vida para alcançar seus sonhos, e suas jornadas os trouxeram aqui para o Rio para competir por seus países, com orgulho. A energia é eletrizante e contagiante. Estou muito feliz por fazer parte da cerimônia de abertura no meu país e por celebrar as estrelas do esporte de todo o mundo. Eu realmente acredito que cada atleta olímpico ilumina o caminho para a próxima criança que sonha fazer parte dos Jogos Olímpicos e estimula a prática do esporte. Hoje à noite, quando eu desfilar pela mais longa passarela em que já estive, vou estar enviando todo o meu amor e positividade. Sinto-me honrada por fazer parte deste momento histórico para o meu país. Acredito que união é a chave para criar um mundo cheio de bondade, gratidão, paz e amor.

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The Brazilian beauty definitely appears to be enjoying her time back home.

"Bom dia Basil!!!" she posted to Instagram just a few hours before her emotional essay, along with a peaceful shot of the ocean.

Bom dia Brasil!!! 🙏#riocidademaravilhosa #éhojeodia #olimpíadas2016

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"What an incredible place!" she captioned a snap of herself in a museum the day before.

Bundchen seemingly retired from the runway in April of 2015, walking her last show for Brazilian brand Colcci.

"I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey," she wrote on Instagram in a post confirming her retirement. "It is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business."

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