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Valentina Munoz



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Santiago, CHI
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Dietics, Nutrition - Andres Bello University: Santiago, CHI

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six at a Telethon Rehabilitation Centre in Chile.
Why this sport?
"It was the sport that I liked the most."
Club / Team
CD Universidad Catolica: Santiago, CHI
Name of coach
Jose Nicolas Mafio [national], URU

General interest

Spending time with her dog. (Instagram profile, 20 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 04 May 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Chilean swimmer Kristel Kobrich, US boxer Muhammad Ali. (, 04 May 2021)
In 2020 her training was disrupted by an elbow injury. (, 12 Apr 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She eats gummy candies before competing as an extra energy boost. (, 04 May 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2015 Para Swimmer of the Year by the Association of Sports Journalists of Chile. (, 22 Dec 2015)
To reach a final at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 04 May 2021, 12 Apr 2021)
She has arthrogryposis, which causes muscle weakness and stiffness. (, 11 Jun 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 3 2016-09-13 5
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-03 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final 1 2017-12-05 3