Josue Brachi García

Further Personal Information
Residence
Seville, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Italian, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 13.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to play football, but I was very bad at it. My father, who used to be a weightlifter, convinced me to try it because he was positive I was going to like it. I tried it and was fascinated from the beginning. I wanted more and more, and things have been like that [ever since]."
Club / Team
Federacion Andaluza de Halterofilia: Spain
Name of coach
Matias Fernandez [national], ESP; Manuel Bermejo [personal], ESP; Rosario Munoz [personal], ESP
Training Regime
He trains for up to seven hours a day at the Tiro de Linea sports complex in Seville, Spain. He began doing his sessions there in December 2016. "Until then I had been training in a kind of cellar for 10 years. It was a bit depressing. Now it is much better."
General Interest
Nicknames
Bicho (sevillaworld.com, 22 Jul 2016)
Hobbies
Spending time with friends, watching television. (elespanol.com, 23 Mar 2018; cope.es, 27 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father, and coaches Manuel Bermejo and Rosario Munoz. (elespanol.com, 23 Mar 2018; abc.es, 07 Jul 2014)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (20minutos.es, 28 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In the late part of 2013 he injured his shoulder and could not compete for six months. (andalusianstories.com, 04 Nov 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Without sweat, tears and blood you will never reach your true limit." (Instagram profile, 08 Sep 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he was named Athlete of the Year in Seville, Spain. (sevilla.org, 27 May 2014)
Famous relatives
His father Juan Carlos competed in weightlifting for Spain. (sevilla.eldesmarque.com, 03 Dec 2015; abc.es, 07 Jul 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (cope.es, 27 Mar 2018; elespanol.com, 23 Mar 2018)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first male weightlifter from Spain to win an overall gold medal at the European championships, claiming victory in the 56kg category at the 2018 edition in Bucharest, Romania. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Oct 2018; elespanol.com, 26 Mar 2018)

PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
He has worked to improve his performance with psychologist Jose Carlos Llanes since he first started weightlifting at age 13. "He is the one who calms my nerves. We are so afraid when we lift a new weight that we have never tried before. You don't know what's going to happen, but you need it if you want to be champion. He helps me manage all of that. It's a very important part. This is not like a marathon that you can start badly and replenish yourself during the race. No, here you get 10 minutes. Nothing else." (elespanol.com, 23 Mar 2018)

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