Mercedes Isabel Pérez Tigrero

Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Edinson Angulo
Residence
Santa Marta, COL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began weightlifting at about age 13.
Why this sport?
She played softball as a child but switched to weightlifting because she preferred individual sports.
Name of coach
Oswaldo Pinilla [national], COL
General Interest
Nicknames
La Tigre de Oro [The Golden Tiger]. (Facebook profile, 07 Oct 2018)
Hero / Idol
Colombian weightlifter Maria Isabel Urrutia. (elvocerodelaprovincia.com, 12 Aug 2015)
Injuries
In 2016 she sustained a knee injury, but was still able to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She later underwent surgery that required seven months of recovery. (hoydiariodelmagdalena.com.co, 02 Aug 2017; annabellmf.wordpress.com, 13 Dec 2016; La Opinion, 10 Aug 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She shouts different things before lifting. "One shout is 'haya sana'. It's not from any language, it just helps me connect with the sport, with the bar. The other one I say is 'yayo', which is what I used to call my brother who is no longer with us. It's just that, it's not a strange language, they are words and phrases that mean a lot to me." (eltiempo.com, 29 Jul 2019)
Famous relatives
Her husband Edinson Angulo represented Colombia in weightlifting at five editions of the world championships between 2005 and 2014. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Oct 2018; deportes.terra.cl, 13 Jul 2015; iwrp.net, 04 Nov 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the world championships and the Olympic Games. (hoydiariodelmagdalena.com.co, 02 Aug 2017; elinformador.com.co, 31 Jul 2019)

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