The pro-football player opened up to PEOPLE about missing out on the 2016 Rio Games, his life with Bündchen, and whether or not he's fluent in Portuguese.

By Charlotte Triggs Christina Dugan
October 04, 2016 03:40 PM

With the 2016 Rio Olympics in full swing, supermodel Gisele Bündchen is celebrating the Games in her home country of Brazil sans her NFL star husband, Tom Brady.

“For me, [the Olympics] are right in the middle of training camp so I need to talk my coach out of a couple days of practice,” the New England Patriots quarterback exclusively told PEOPLE a few weeks prior to the Rio Games. “I haven’t asked them so, we’ll see!”

However, it seemed as if Brady, 39, was watching from afar as his wife participated in the 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremonies Friday evening.

“This is for sure the longest runaway I have ever walked in my life and by far with the most amount of people watching, so it is a little nerve wracking I must say,” Bündchen, 36, told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview ahead of the Opening Ceremonies. “This is a very special moment for my country and I am humbled that they invited me to be a part of such a special celebration.”

Gisele Bündchen walks during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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Bündchen – who was born in rural Horizontina, Brazil – has traveled the world as the world’s highest paid supermodel but remains deeply connected to her home country.

“She loves the country,” Brady said. “She has never forgotten where she’s come from. She’s such a great role model. Obviously she’s my wife, so I’m biased, but I think she is someone that represents her country. I think she stayed really true to her roots. If you came to our house, you’d think we’d been living in Brazil. Everyone around speaks Portuguese. Which I wish I’d learned more at this point.”

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Though the Ugg spokesman is not fluent Portuguese quite yet, his two children with Bündchen – Benjamin, 5, and Vivian, 3 – have it down pat.

“They are both fluent in Portuguese. Vivi has no accent and Benny has a little more,” said Bündchen who brought both children along with her to Rio.

Though the couple, who celebrated seven years of marriage earlier this year, continue to live their lives in the spotlight, they have become pros at whisking away negativity and focusing on what really matters.

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“We come from very similar families and backgrounds,” said Brady. “I think family is so important for the both of us. Now that we have kids, I think so much is focused how are kids are and raising them the right way and being the kind of parents that we want to be for them. We both had great parents growing up. We had great examples of husband and wife. It’s a constant communication. We’ve been together for a long time now. I found a great life partner.”

To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio Olympics begin Friday on NBC.

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