Hernan Viera Espinosa
- Further Personal Information
- Wife Maribel Cuba Salcedo, daughter Emmy
- Lima, PER
- Higher education
- Business Administration - Peru Technological University [UTP]: Arequipa, PER
- Sport Specific Information
- When and where did you begin this sport?
- He began weightlifting at age 13 in Piura, Peru.
- Why this sport?
- He was encouraged to try weightlifting by coach Ricardo Gonzaga Calderon, who invited him to a workshop after discovering his talent for the sport. "I was curious about it. When I saw the other kids lifting weights I decided I wanted to do the same."
- Name of coach
- Aimer Orozco [national], COL; Felix Machin [personal]
- Training Regime
- He trains for between five and seven hours a day.
- General Interest
- Crixus (Facebook profile, 10 Oct 2017)
- Most influential person in career
- His family, and Cuban coach Ricardo Gonzaga Calderon. (peru21.pe, 27 Apr 2018; lima2019.pe, 21 Feb 2018)
- Awards and honours
- In 2017 he was affected by chondromalacia patellae [also known as runner's knee], where the cartilage on the underside of the patella deteriorates and softens. (peru21.pe, 04 Jul 2017)
In 2009 he broke his arm at a competition in Chile. He needed to wear a plaster cast for two months. (peru21.pe, 27 Apr 2018)
- To win gold at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (lima2019.pe, 21 Feb 2018; rpp.pe, 15 Aug 2016)
- Other information
On his right arm he has a tattoo of Peruvian-born US middle-distance runner David Torrence, one of his friends who passed away in 2017, as well as the word 'Kallpa' which means 'force' in the Quechua language. Following his selection for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he had a tattoo of the five Olympic rings put on his left arm. He also has the words 'Familia. Donde la vida comienza y el amor nunca termina' [Family. Where life begins and love never ends] tattooed on his left arm. (peru21.pe, 27 Apr 2018; lima2019.pe, 21 Feb 2018; rpp.pe, 20 Jul 2016)
He began working to help his family at about age 11, selling bread and water with his uncle at a market Piura, Peru. He built up his strength during this period, carrying heavy cans of water as part of his job, and it was here that coach Ricardo Gonzaga Calderon first saw him and discovered his talent for the sport. "At that time my brother was in the army, so sport was not my priority. I just thought about covering the need we had in the house to eat with my mother. That was what pushed me to continue working and selling the water. When my brother came back after two years of military service, I was finally able to devote myself to the sport." (andina.pe, 14 Apr 2018; lima2019.pe, 21 Feb 2018)
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