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GARRIDO Juan Carlos
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Chile   
Place of BirthTalca, CHI
Height1.40 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Daughter Ivana Belen
Santiago, CHI
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1998 in Santiago, Chile.
Why this sport?
He played wheelchair basketball until a friend suggested he should try powerlifting. He was naturally talented at the sport, and within three months he was competing at the 1998 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. "I chose it because it is an individual sport."
Club / Team
Antofagasta Region: Chile
Name of coach
Victor Rubilar [personal], CHI, from 1998
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Video games, karaoke, flying drones. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 59kg category at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
His daughter. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian Para powerlifter Sherif Osman. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Americas' Athlete of the Month for May 2018 by the International Paralympic Committee. (, 12 Jun 2018)

He was selected as Chile's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was also Chile's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (, 29 Jul 2016;, 15 Aug 2015)

He was presented the 2015 National Sports Award by the president of Chile. (, 29 Dec 2016)

He was named the 2015 Para Powerlifter of the Year by the Circle of Sport Journalists of Chile. (, 22 Dec 2015;, 22 Dec 2015)

He was named the 2014 Best Paralympic Athlete by the Circle of Sport Journalists of Chile. (, 19 Dec 2014)
To compete at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, and the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 27 Jun 2017)
His impairment is the result of arthrogryposis, a congenital condition characterised by stiff joints and muscles that have not developed properly. (, 03 Nov 2015; Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Other information
He went to the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens having prepared to take part in the -56kg category, but the national federation mistakenly enrolled him in the -48kg category. He tried to make the weight but was unsuccessful, and the disappointment of not being able to compete resulted in him retiring from the sport. He returned to Para powerlifting three months before the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, having been inspired by his daughter. (, 17 Aug 2016)

He has served as director of the Chilean Athletes' Commission [DAR]. (Twitter profile, 24 May 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2000 48kg 142.5
  2016 59kg  NoM
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
14 1998 48kg 105.0
10 2002 52kg 115.0
20 2006 67.5kg 115.0
5 2014 59kg 172.0
5 2017 59kg 181.0
3 2019 59kg 184.0
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 59kg 185 
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2013 59kg  NoM
3 2015 59kg 180
2 2018 59kg 179