Rio 2016 Olympic judo champion and reigning world champion Paula Pareto (ARG) has been depicted in a 55-metre-high mural in the home of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Village.

Pareto visited some of the 200 pupils at the neighbourhood school who took part in the project by creating their own artwork for the judoka’s visit and they took part in a judo clinic with the -48kg star.

Considered a national treasure, Paula was chosen to be part of the street art project for her inspiring achievements both on and off the field of play. When Paula isn’t winning gold medals she is tending to hospital patients as part of her day job as a physician, a profession she qualified in from the University of Buenos Aires in 2014.

The mural stands at 55 metres high and required 180 litres of paint. Four artists took part in its creation lead by renowned street artist Martin Ron, which took 15 days of work to complete.

The third edition of the Youth Olympic Games will take place between 6-18 October 2018.

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