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male powerlifter Juan Carlos Garrido

Juan Carlos Garrido

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, 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

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)

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