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GARRIDO Juan Carlos
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Chile   
Place of BirthTalca, CHI
Height1.40 m
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 began the sport in 1998 in Santiago, Chile.
Why this sport?
He initially played wheelchair basketball, until a friend suggested he should try powerlifting. He was naturally good at the sport and within three months was competing at the 1998 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Name of coach
Victor Rubilar [national]
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His daughter. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian Para powerlifter Sherif Othman. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
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. 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)

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
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2013 59kg  NoM
3 2015 59kg 180
2 2018 59kg 179