Andrei Aramnau

Further Personal Information
Family
One daughter
Residence
Borisov, BLR
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age nine. He happened to live in the same building as Soviet weightlifter Viktor Groda, who took him to a weightlifting gym. "I wanted to be strong and handsome like him. I never became as handsome."
Why this sport?
"At 10 years old I started training. I was strong, but my technique was bad. I say that I know all technique mistakes in weightlifting because I went through all of them myself. I think I had all possible technique problems in my life. At age 14 I started training seriously. I was always the first to come and the last to leave. I was kicked out for staying too long. There was nothing to do at home. My friends already started with alcohol and drugs, I wasn't interested in that. I came to train at 3pm and left at 9pm. I almost never skipped training."
Name of coach
Viktor Shershukov [national], BLR
Training Regime
He trains for six days a week for about three hours a day.
General Interest
Hobbies
Video blogging. (Athlete, 26 Oct 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 105kg category at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 26 Oct 2018)
Injuries
He suffered from a torn quad and herniated discs before retiring in 2016. He returned in 2017. (barbend.com, 03 Apr 2019)

He suffered hip problems for two years after competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (barbend.com, 20 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2008 Athlete of the Year in Belarus. (aipsmedia.com, 20 Jan 2009)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Belarus. (bwu.by, 09 Jun 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (barbend.com, 20 Dec 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
He retired from competitive weightlifting in 2016, but returned in 2017 with the aim of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He even considered competing for a different country. "No one will just put me on the Olympic team. I hope to compete again internationally at the 2019 European championships. The Belarusian team has had some issues with doping so it [his comeback] might not be until 2019. Due to these reasons I am considering lifting for another country. If this were to happen I hope it will be sooner than later. I need to provide for my family." (barbend.com, 20 Dec 2017)

FINGER REMOVAL
He was born with six fingers on his hand. His sixth finger was removed when he was in his teenage years. "When I was born I had six fingers on my hand because of Chernobyl [nuclear accident]. My coach gave me an ultimatum - to train for the European championships I had to cut off the finger. At 14 years old I was very scared, but I went by myself to [hospital in] Minsk to cut it off." (barbend.com, 20 Dec 2017)

SUSPENSION
Soon after winning gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he was caught drink driving and received a suspension on his driving licence. He repeated the offence in 2009, and in addition to another driving ban he was also banned from sporting competitions for two years. This disrupted his training, and caused him to pull out of the 2011 World Championships due to a lack of adequate preparation. (in.reuters.com, 17 May 2012)

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