Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera

Further Personal Information
Family
Two daughters
Residence
Cali, COL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Administration Studies - University Santiago de Cali: Colombia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up weightlifting at age 11 in Cartago, Colombia.
Why this sport?
A coach at his school encouraged him to try weightlifting.
Club / Team
Valle del Cauca: Colombia
Name of coach
Jaiber Manjarres [club]
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time in nature, meditation. (rio2016.com, 07 Apr 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (noticias.canalrcn.com, 08 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career
His family. (espndeportes.espn.go.com, 12 Jul 2015)
Injuries
A muscle injury prevented him from competing at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. (caracol.com.co, 22 Jul 2018; co.marca.com, 24 Jul 2018)

In January 2016 he underwent back surgery to treat a chronic lumbar hernia, which he sustained five years earlier. He recovered three months later to compete at the 2016 Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (rio2016.com, 10 Apr 2016; noticias.caracoltv.com, 25 Jan 2016; Olympic YouTube channel, 30 Mar 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He carries an amethyst stone. (bienestarcolsanitas.com, 01 Mar 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You need to have guts when you are up against it. You need a dream, a goal and above all your family." (rio2016.com, 07 Apr 2016; bienestarcolsanitas.com, 01 Mar 2017)
Awards and honours
He received the Farallon Award as the Best Male High Performance Athlete of the municipality of Cali, Colombia, in 2017. (eltiempo.com, 16 Dec 2017)

He was presented with the Altius Award by the Colombian Olympic Committee after winning gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (elpais.com.co, 12 Dec 2016)

He received the Golden Terraco Award as the Best Athlete of 2016 of the Valle del Cauca Department in Colombia. (coldeportes.gov.co, 28 Jun 2018)

He was named Sportsman of the Year in 2016 by the Colombian Association of Sports Journalists [ACORD]. (laopinion.com.co, 17 Mar 2017)

A sports complex in the city of Cartago, Colombia, was named after him. The Golden Terraco Award in the category of Best Scholar Athlete of the Year, presented by the Sports Institute of Valle del Cauca [Indervalle], is also named after him. (indervalle.gov.co, 09 Apr 2018; coldeportes.gov.co, 28 Jun 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (zonacero.com, 22 Jul 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
After winning the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he announced his retirement from the sport. However, he returned to training in 2018 with the aim of competing at the 2018 World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. "I'm feeling stronger now [at 33 years old] than when I was 20, why should I retire?" (zonacero.com, 22 Jul 2017; iwf.net, 12 May 2018; noticias.caracoltv.com, 05 Oct 2018)

NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first male Colombian athlete from any sport to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games when he claimed victory in the 62kg category at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Aug 2016)

EARLY DAYS
At age nine he and his family were forced to leave their home in Zaragoza, Colombia, due to conflicts between military forces and guerrilla fighters. The family moved to the city of Cartago. "That marked us at the time, but it's part of our past now." (rio2016.com, 07 Apr 2016; elpais.com.co, 26 Apr 2016)

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