Yuderqui Maridalia Contreras

Further Personal Information
Family
Son Iam [2017]
Residence
San Pedro de Macorís, DOM
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Accounting - Pedro Henriquez Urena National University: Santo Domingo, DOM
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up weightlifting at age 15.
Why this sport?
Coach Fausto Gomez encouraged her because he thought she had the right attributes to be a weightlifter. She entered the sport because she wanted to have a good looking body.
Name of coach
Fausto Gomez [personal], from 2001
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012. (elcaribe.com.do, 25 May 2016)
Injuries
A herniated disc prevented her from competing at the 2018 Pan American Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (eldia.com.do, 25 May 2018)

She suffered a slipped disc in late 2014 and underwent surgery in January 2015. She recovered in time to compete at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (diariolibre.com, 18 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
She has been named six times as the Best Female Athlete of the Year in the Dominican Republic. (eldia.com.do, 25 May 2018)

She was the flag bearer for the Dominican Republic at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (toronto2015.org, 12 Jul 2015)
Famous relatives
Her cousin Wanda Rijo has represented Dominican Republic in weightlifting. She won gold in the 75kg category at the 1999 and 2003 Pan American Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Nov 2015; toronto2015.org, 12 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (eldia.com.do, 08 Feb 2018)
Other information
MATERNITY BREAK
She gave birth to her first son, Iam, in August 2017. She returned to training in January 2018. (eldia.com.do, 08 Feb 2018)

MILITARY SERVICE
She has served in the Dominican Republican Army. (gloriasrd.com, 01 Oct 2016)

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