Lima 2019: Edenia Garcia aims at making it five in a row

Three-time Paralympic medallist has won gold since the Mar del Plata 2003 Games and has no plans to stop 17 Aug 2019
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Edenia García en acción en los Juegos Parapanamericanos Toronto 2015
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By World Para Swimming

Brazilian swimmer Edenia Garcia is second to none when it comes to experience at Parapan American Games.

The 32-year-old swimmer has ambitious goals for her fifth trip to the event at Lima 2019, which will take place from 23 August to 1 September 1 in the Peruvian capital.

Her first goal is to keep her dominance in the 50m backstroke. Garcia has won it in the S4 class every single time since Mar del Plata 2003. Now in the S3 class, do not expect her to easily relinquish her crown. 

"My expectation is high for Lima as I really look forward to bringing this fifth straight gold to Brazil," Garcia said.

"I have never lost the 50m backstroke in the Parapan Am Games, but now I would say the scenario is different because it is a new class to me", added the Brazilian.

Motivation is not short either.

"I strongly believe I am in the best shape of my life so I am in good position to pull it off."

Such confident words contrast with what Garcia went through at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where she finished seventh in her trademark event and even considered retirement. 

A year later though, she took a silver medal at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships and put away any second thoughts.  

"That medal in Mexico felt like a statement that I was back after not performing as well as I could in Rio," said the three-time Paralympic medallist (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012).

The ups and downs does not scare Garcia anymore as she approaches the eighteenth year of her career. Nor does the marathon ahead of the Brazilian team, which will travel directly from Lima to London for the World Championships. 

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Toda segunda-feira é mais difícil pra mexer o corpo, nesse frio fica um pouco pior. Hoje é dia de teste com o biomecânico Augusto, vamos saber se ganhei força ou não. - Eu sempre fico nervosa nesses dias; pra mim, perder força implica diretamente na qualidade de vida e também performance de nado. Acordei bem cedo e me senti indo para a final dos 50 costas; até estranhei ausência de dor, -elas sempre me acompanham. Tomei café com uma baita sensação boa, parecia que tinha controle total da minha ansiedade. - Na verdade me sentia tão bem como há muito tempo não sentia. Meu aquecimento foi diferente; percebi um controle maior do que executava, nesse momento, lembrei do trabalho feito com o Osteopata e o que ele mencionou sobre uma melhor percepção na água. Fiz o teste, resultado 4.8.1 de força, no anterior foi 4.7, já estava feliz em saber que não tinha perdido força e melhor ainda; estava mais próxima do melhor da vida. - Ninguém percebeu, mas comemorei muito 💭 ° Queria contar pra vocês sobre minha manhã; ela nem sempre é boa, eu me rebolo pra manter sanidade mental com tanta pressão interna na busca da alta performance. Muita gente boa me acompanha nessa missão, vocês sabem quem são. Minha gratidão é sempre deixar minha melhor parte com vocês ;)

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"In London I want to swim better than I did in Mexico. I have made some adjustments in training and I firmly believe it will lead me to an even better outcome."

A sequence of good results would eventually make Garcia look further, she admits. More specifically to Paris, the French capital that will host the 2024 Paralympics. 

"I believe after Tokyo 2020 there needs to be an internal evaluation, but I cannot say I do not think about going to Paris and having one more cycle."