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Bebe Vio wants to show you "how happy you could be" at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

The wheelchair fencer who starred in Netflix's 'Rising Phoenix' is ready to take Tokyo 2020 by storm. She told the Olympic Channel Podcast why she prefers her Rio bronze to her Rio gold and listen to the full podcast with her right here.

A 19-year-old Beatrice Vio gave us one of the most iconic moments of the Rio 2016 Paralympics with her explosive celebration after winning wheelchair fencing gold - pure passion, pure emotion, pure Bebe Vio.

Since then she's had a Vanity Fair cover, starred in the hit Netflix documentary 'Rising Phoenix' and become one of the most famous faces of the Paralympic movement.

Now at 24 she wants to follow up her incredible Rio result - an individual gold medal and team bronze - by sharing the love and inspiring others once again.

"Living my dream was the best thing ever, and I'm dreaming about Tokyo 2020 because we want that so much... I'm super excited and I don't know what's going to happen," she tells the Olympic Channel Podcast.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics started on a high for Italy's famous fencer as she was one of the flagbearers at the Opening Ceremony.

You can follow Bebe's Tokyo journey at the Paralympics, she'll take part in the women's foil individual category B on Saturday 28 August, and in the women's foil team event on Sunday 29 August.

Before then, catch all of Vio's energy and excitement in the full podcast below, and read on to find out why this time around her biggest dream is to win team gold.

"The best moment of my life? ...the bronze medal"

In Rio, the Italian won an individual gold that shot her to superstardom, and then team bronze two days later, so why does she prefer the bronze medal?

"Being an athlete is like the dream of my life but it's not only the dream of my life. I love fencing. I love training. I love being in the gym. I love sweating so hard.

"And so when you're there, you just have to try to enjoy as much as you can in that moment. And we did it [Winning gold] and it was amazing.

"But the competition that I love most in the end was... when we took the bronze medal in the team competition.

"That was like, really when you see all your teammates happy because when you win there in the individual competition. You are there. But in the morning we start all together, all the women of my of my category.

"And then so when I arrived at the end, if I was the only one, it means that all my teammates lost before, so it was just me, not the entire team, they train as much as me in all the years before.

"So it was so hard to see me there and all the rest on the other side... I was happy, of course, because that was the dream of my life. But then after I realized that it was not as beautiful as emotional, as amazing as the next...

"If I have to think about the best moment of my life, I'm going to think about the bronze medal."

"I'm happy when I see all my team happy"

Always keen on sharing the love and spreading the joy, this athlete is a living legend of her sport and beyond, just don't say that to her face.

"I really don't like the word 'legend' because I don't feel like this. So it's like a super hard thing to listen to.

"I just think that I'm so lucky because I got an amazing family, I got two siblings and like, my parents are amazing and I got such amazing roommates, I'm having fun with my sport. My team is amazing."

Her happiness is in the collective.

"My coaches are super great, they believe in me probably much more than I believe in myself, and so when you get that great team you just have to do that for all of them, not for you.

"I understood that I'm happy when I see all my team happy, I don't know if it's something weird to say, but... I prefer to make them happy."

Vio sees the bigger picture too, the embodiment of Paralympic values, this four-time amputee has lifted people up around the world and helped them dare to dream big.

"I just think that I love sport and I love being part of it because I am a student, I learn so many things thanks to sport, so many rules of life in some way, like respect for the other, so many really good things...

"I'm super happy, so my dream is trying to help someone else to understand not how to be happy, but how happy you could be."