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GARRIDO Juan Carlos
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Chile   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthTalca, CHI
Height1.40 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Ivana Belen
Residence
Santiago, CHI
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Spanish
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 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."
Name of coach
Victor Rubilar [personal, national], CHI, from 1998
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Chile
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Hobbies
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. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Apr 2021; 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
In 2019 and 2015, he was named Para Powerlifter of the Year by the Chile Sports Journalists Association, who also named him Para Athlete of the Year in 2014. (eldinamo.cl, 13 Dec 2019; paralympic.org, 22 Dec 2015; teleton.cl, 22 Dec 2015; paralimpico.cl, 19 Dec 2014)

He received the Americas Athlete of the Month award for May 2018 from the Americas Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 12 Jun 2018)

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

He received the 2015 National Sports Award from the Minster of Sports of Chile. (24horas.cl, 29 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2021)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of arthrogryposis, a congenital condition characterised by stiff joints and muscles that have not fully developed. (latercera.com, 03 Nov 2015; Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Other information
COMPETITIVE BREAKS
He decided to take a 15-month break from competing after failing to register a valid lift while competing in the 59kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I was very well prepared for Rio, but sadly I couldn't get what I was looking for. After that, I took time off and only returned in 2017 for the world championships. It was my first competition since Rio and I had plenty of things in my head. However, I finished fifth which made me very happy. I'm not used to celebrating a position outside the podium but the fact that I achieved this result after being away from competition for a year made me feel very happy." Previously, he had taken a break from the sport after claiming he had been mistakenly entered into the 48kg category instead of the 56kg category at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and could not make the weight. He returned to compete in the 67.5kg category at the 2006 World Championships in Busan, Republic of Korea and then did not participate in Para powerlifting again until 2011 when he was inspired to come back by his daughter. "My coach called me the same day I got separated from my wife and I wanted to show to my daughter that, even though I am away from her, I am fighting for her." (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Apr 2021; paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2021; 17 Aug 2016; paralimpico.cl, 11 May 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a director of the National Commission of Athletes of Chile [DAR]. (Twitter profile, 25 Apr 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2000 48kg 142.5
  2016 59kg  NoM
4 2021 59kg 183.0
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
3 2021 59kg 182.0
1 2021 Team 485.72
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