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GARCIA Edenia
Sport Para swimming
NPC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Age32
Place of BirthCrato, BRA
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S3, SB2, SM3
Further Personal Information
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Journalist, Motivational Speaker
Languages
Portuguese
Higher education
Marketing, Psychology - Potiguar University: Natal, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2000 in Natal, Brazil.
Why this sport?
Swimming was part of the treatment for her condition. She later discovered Para sport through fellow Brazilian Para athlete Francisco Avelino, whom her father picked up one day while working as a bus driver.
Club / Team
Associacao Paralimpica de Campinas [APC]: Brazil
Name of coach
Leonardo Tomasello [national], BRA
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Argentina
General Interest
Nicknames
De (Athlete, 21 Sep 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S4 50m backstroke at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, which was her third consecutive world title in the event. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017, 19 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her mother, and Brazilian Para swimmer Clodoaldo Silva. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017, 21 Sep 2010)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para swimmers Clodoaldo Silva and Francisco Avelino. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017, 19 Jul 2015)
Injuries
In September 2014 she had an operation on her left shoulder after she was diagnosed with bursitis and tendinitis. Two months later she underwent surgery on her right shoulder to correct the same problem. She returned to training in January 2015. (globo.com, 30 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I live for the sport. It showed me that everything is possible. It made me visible in my country." (caixa.gov.br, 02 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
She was selected to carry the Olympic torch through Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, as part of the relay for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook page, 03 May 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (soudoesporte.com.br, 01 Jan 2017)
Impairment
She has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neurological condition that affects the peripheral nerves and causes muscle weakness and atrophy. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Other information
RECLASSIFICATION
In 2017 she was reclassified from an S4 athlete to S3 after her condition worsened. She also switched from training twice a day to just once. "I couldn't finish my training sessions because of the pain and muscle weakness. Doctors told me that if I got close to over training, I should be careful because I could lose my mobility." (caixa.gov.br, 10 Nov 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has written a regular column for the sport news website 'ESPN Women in Brazil'. (Facebook page, 23 Nov 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004 50m Freestyle S4 53.88
7 2004 100m Freestyle S4 1:55.23
6 2004 200m Freestyle S4 4:10.91
2 2004 50m Backstroke S4 51.51
3 2008 50m Freestyle S4 53.28
4 2008 100m Freestyle S4 1:58.02
2 2012 50m Backstroke S4 53.85
7 2016 50m Backstroke S4 55.50 
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2003 50m Freestyle S4 53.29
1 2003 100m Freestyle S4 1:54.32
1 2003 200m Freestyle S4 4:01.61
1 2003 50m Backstroke S4 53.18
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002 50m Freestyle S4 51.45
2 2002 100m Freestyle S4 1:49.01
2 2002 200m Freestyle S4 3:49.11
1 2002 50m Backstroke S4 51.51
3 2002 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 4:22.37
1 2006 50m Freestyle S4 53.04
2 2006 100m Freestyle S4 1:56.95
2 2006 200m Freestyle S4 4:13.34
1 2006 50m Backstroke S4 51.81
3 2006 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:39.12
4 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 4:08.84
3 2010 50m Freestyle S4 53.00
1 2010 50m Backstroke S4 52.87
2 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:11.05
4 2010 100m Freestyle S4 1:58.84
4 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:22.22
6 2013 50m Freestyle S4 53.34
2 2013 50m Backstroke S4 53.74
6 2013 100m Freestyle S4 1:55.85
6 2013 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 4:24.43
5 2015 50m Freestyle S4 53.36
3 2015 50m Backstroke S4 54.96
2 2017 50m Backstroke S3 56.17
4 2017 100m Freestyle S3 2:05.18
4 2017 50m Freestyle S3 56.44
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 50m Backstroke S4 55.48
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 50m Backstroke S4 54.91
4 2016 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:52.86
4 2016 50m Freestyle S4 55.26