Paola Palacios

Further Personal Information
Residence
Shell, ECU
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 12 in Pastaza, Ecuador.
Why this sport?
She used to do athletics until her brother Javier introduced her to weightlifting. After obtaining her first national title, she decided to take the sport seriously.
Name of coach
Alexis Ignatov [national, personal], RUS, from 2019
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (ecuadorenvivo.com, 29 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Her sister Neisi Dajomes. (ecuadorenvivo.com, 29 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she was named Youth Athlete of the Year in Ecuador. (Diario Expreso pressreader.com, 26 Dec 2017)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Neisi Dajomes competed in weightlifting at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Aug 2016; elcomercio.com, 16 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (eltelegrafo.com.ec, 29 Jun 2019)
Other information
DEDICATION FOR MOTHER
She dedicated her bronze medal from the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, to the memory of her mother, who passed away earlier in 2019. "She is the one who encouraged me from the beginning to pursue my dreams in weightlifting." (ecuadorenvivo.com, 29 Jul 2019; eltelegrafo.com.ec, 29 Jun 2019)

SISTER ACT
She likes being in the same sport as her sister Neisi Dajomes. "It is satisfying to have my sister in the same sport, we help each other and she gives me lots of advice, and pushes me to work hard and enjoy weightlifting. She is my role model and the one who always supports me. But when I compete against her, she is just another rival, I won't give her any advantage and will give my best to beat her." (ecuadorenvivo.com, 29 Jul 2019; eltelegrafo.com.ec, 29 Jun 2019; lared.com.ec, 06 Jun 2019)

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