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male powerlifter Juan Carlos Garrido

Juan Carlos Garrido Acevedo

Powerlifting

Juan Carlos Garrido is one of Chile’s most well-known and talented Paralympians.

The veteran powerlifter has enjoyed recent success around the world.

In 2018, he secured gold at the Americas Open Championships, silver at the European Open Championships and bronze in the Asia-Oceania Open Championships, all in the men’s up to 59kg.

Before that, he ended in fifth place at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships. Garrido was widely expected to give Chile a medal at Rio 2016, but failed his three attempts. The Chilean is also the reigning Parapan American champion.

Garrido took up powerlifting in 1998 and competed for six years before retiring from the sport.

He went to Athens 2004 having prepared to take part in the men’s up to 56kg, but the national federation mistakenly enrolled him in the up to 48kg. He tried to make the weight but was unsuccessful, and the disappointment resulted in him retiring.

But Garrido returned to Para powerlifting three months before the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, having been inspired by his daughter.

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.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Ivana Belen
Residence
Santiago, CHI
Occupation
Athlete
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. 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

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. (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. (paralympic.org, 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. (mindep.cl, 29 Jul 2016; paralympic.org, 15 Aug 2015)

He was presented the 2015 National Sports Award by the president of Chile. (24horas.cl, 29 Dec 2016)

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

He was named the 2014 Best Paralympic Athlete by the Circle of Sport Journalists of Chile. (paralimpico.cl, 19 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, and the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 27 Jun 2017)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of arthrogryposis, a congenital condition characterised by stiff joints and muscles that have not developed properly. (latercera.com, 03 Nov 2015; Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
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. (paralympic.org, 17 Aug 2016)

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

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -48 kg Final Round 6
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Kuala Lumpur 2002 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -52 kg Final Round 10
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Busan 2006 (Busan, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -67.5 kg Final Round 20
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 59.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-06 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -59 kg Final Round 2016-09-09 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 59.00kg Final 2017-12-03 5