Fernando Saraiva Reis

Further Personal Information
Residence
Miami, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Business Administration - Lindenwood University: Saint Charles, MO, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 11 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He practised several sports at Esporte Clube Pinheiros in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where his family have been members for a number of years. His father was the director of the weightlifting department at the club.
Club / Team
Esporte Clube Pinheiros [BRA] / Ferrino Sports and Fitness Club [USA]:
Name of coach
Luis Lopez [personal], CUB
Training Regime
He has two sessions a day four days a week, and one session a day twice a week. Each session lasts for two hours.
General Interest
Hobbies
Cars, shooting. (iwf.net, 19 Sep 2018; cob.org.br, 17 May 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (iwf.net, 19 Sep 2018)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (cob.org.br, 01 Nov 2014)
Injuries
In December 2018 he required surgery after partially rupturing a tendon in his left knee. (rededoesporte.gov.br, 21 Dec 2018)

He suffered an elbow injury during the test event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which forced him to withdraw from the competition. (rio2016.com, 10 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When it comes to commitment, compromise, effort and dedication, there is no middle ground. You either do it well or you don't." (cob.org.br, Nov 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Brazil Olympic Award for Best Athlete of the Year in weightlifting. (rededoesporte.gov.br, 21 Dec 2018)

He was named the 2014 Weightlifter of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee [COB]. (rio2016.com, 16 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To finish on the podium at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, the 2019 World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (rededoesporte.gov.br, 21 Dec 2018)
Other information
FEDERATION DISPUTE
He finished first in the +105kg category at the 2017 Pan American Championships in Miami, FL, United States of America, but was not declared the winner because he was not an official member of the Brazilian team at the event. In January 2017 he moved to Miami to set up a weightlifting academy, and was unable to travel back to Brazil for that year's national championships as he was trying to obtain a US green card. Enrique Montero, president of the Brazilian Weightlifting Federation, made the national championships the only qualifying event for the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim, CA, United States of America, and also left Reis out of the team for the Pan American championships. He went on to compete in Miami as an unofficial individual, so his result did not count. He was selected for the world championships after receiving the support of the Pan American Weightlifting Federation [PAWF] and the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF]. (insidethegames.biz, 28 Sep 2017, 27 Jul 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In February 2015 he opened the Fernando Reis Training Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil. ( fernandosaraivareis.com.br, 03 Dec 2015)

NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Brazilian weightlifter to win gold at the Pan American Games when he claimed victory in the men's +105kg at the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. He successfully retained his title at the 2015 Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Oct 2018; ecp.org.br, 29 Jun 2018)

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