Juan Carlos Garrido
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.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
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)
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)
He has served as director of the Chilean Athletes' Commission [DAR]. (Twitter profile, 24 May 2019)
|Men's -48 kg||Final Round||6|
|Men's -52 kg||Final Round||10|
|Men's -67.5 kg||Final Round||20|
|Men's Up to 59.00 kg MD||Final||2014-04-06||5|
|Men's -59 kg||Final Round||2016-09-09||9999|
|Men's Up to 59.00kg||Final||2017-12-03||5|