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