- Further Personal Information
- Shell, ECU
- Sport Specific Information
- When and where did you begin this sport?
- She began weightlifting at age 11 at El Gimnasio Gustavo Llerena Gavilanez in Shell, Ecuador.
- Why this sport?
- She was introduced to weightlifting by her brother Javier and encouraged to pursue the sport by her brother's coaches. "I saw how my older brother practised lifting weights every afternoon. I just wanted to accompany him and watch him. His coaches Mayra Hoyos and Walter Llerena offered me if I wanted to train too and I accepted. But then some of my friends told me that weightlifting would change my body and that I was going to look like a man. I came to believe them and I stopped practising for like 15 days. The coaches went to look for me and convinced me to keep practising."
- Name of coach
- Alexis Ignatov [national, personal], RUS, from 2018; Mayra Hoyos [personal], ECU, from 2010; Walter Llerena [personal], ECU, from 2010
- General Interest
- Pato (lahora.com.ec, 18 Apr 2013)
- Memorable sporting achievement
- Winning the gold medal in the 76kg at 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Instagram profile, 04 Aug 2019; eltelegrafo.com.ec, 29 Jul 2019)
- Sporting philosophy / motto
- "If you put your mind to it, everything is possible." (Instagram profile, 04 Aug 2019)
- Awards and honours
- In 2018 she was named Best Athlete of Ecuador by El Universo Journal. (eluniverso.com, 15 Feb 2019)
In 2018 she was named Best Youth Weightlifter by the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee. (elcomercio.com, 01 Jan 2019)
- Famous relatives
- Her younger sister Paola Palacios also competes in weightlifting and won a bronze medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.. (iwf.net, 26 Sep 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Sep 2019)
- To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (elcomercio.com, 10 Jun 2018)
- Other information
- DEDICATION TO MOTHER
She dedicated her victory at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, to her mother, who had died two months before, and who she considers her main inspiration in the sport. “I will never overcome my mother's loss, but as an athlete I must continue fighting to fulfil my dreams. My mother used to call me before every competition and asked me to compete with my heart. And although she is no longer present I will keep her advice in my mind." (radiocre.com, 30 Jul 2019; teradeportes.com, 30 Jul 2019; infocancha.com, 29 Jul 2019) (F Pena, 31 Aug 2019)
She is happy to also have her sister Paola in the sport. "She is my younger sister, the one I have watched growing in weightlifting since she was a child, so I am proud to be able to compete with her. I am really happy when she gets medals, especially at 2019 Pan American Games where I also got a medal." (radiocre.com, 30 Jul 2019; teradeportes.com, 30 Jul 2019; eloriente.com, 07 Mar 2019)
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