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Cesar
Cielo
BrazilBrazil, BRA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
10 January 1987
Height
195 cm
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Kelly Gisch, son Thomas [2015]
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
International Business, Language Studies - Spanish - Auburn University: United States

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began to swim at an early age at the Sports Club Barbarense in Santa Barbara d'Oeste, Brazil.
Why this sport?
His father suggested he learn to swim on a family trip to the beach. He joined the Barbarense Sports Club and discovered his passion. He had his first win at age eight which inspired him to keep going. His mother, a physical education specialist, presented him to Alberto Silva, coach of Olympian Gustavo Borges.
Club / Team
EC Pinheiros: São Paulo, BRA
Name of coach
Regis Mencia [personal]

General Interest

Nicknames
Cesao (bestswim.com.br, 29 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 100m freestyle at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (No Ar com Andre Henning's YouTube channel, 29 Oct 2018)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian swimmers Gustavo Borges and Fernando Scherer, Russian swimmer Alexander Popov, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (cesarcielo.com.br, 30 Nov 2010; FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 07 Dec 2010)
Injuries
He suffered a left shoulder injury in August 2015, forcing him to withdraw from the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. The injury continued to trouble him into 2016 forcing him to miss the 2016 Brazilian Open. (swimswam.com, 11 Mar 2016; olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 05 Aug 2015)

He underwent surgery on both of his knees in 2012 that kept him out of the 2012 World Short Course Championships. (folha.uol.com.br, 22 Apr 2013; swimswam.com, 14 Sep 2012; No Ar com Andre Henning's YouTube channel, 29 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Brazil's Athlete of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee [COB] in 2008, 2009 and 2011. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 01 Mar 2010; esportes.terra.com.br, 19 Dec 2011)

He was the US National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Swimmer of the Year in 2007. (auburntigers.cstv.com, 30 Nov 2010)

He was named 2006 Brazilian Swimmer of the Year by the Brazilian TV channel, TV Globo. (timedfinals.com, 31 Dec 2006)
Other information
BREAK
In April 2016 he took a break from the sport after failing to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. After considering retirement, he returned to the sport in February 2017. (globoesporte.globo.com, 29 Jul 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2010 he launched the Cesar Cielo Institute with the aim to promote and develop the sport of swimming in Brazil. (ccsc.cesarcielo.com.br, 01 Aug 2017)

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