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Mireia
Belmonte
SpainSpain, ESP
Female
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
10 November 1990
Height
170 cm
Weight
59 kg
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Catalan, English, Spanish
Higher education
Business - Open University of Catalonia: Barcelona, ESP

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four at her local swimming club in Badalona, Spain.
Why this sport?
She was advised to take up swimming by doctors after being diagnosed with scoliosis, a condition that hinders spinal development.
Club / Team
UCAM CN Fuensanta: Murcia, ESP
Name of coach
Frederic Vergnoux [personal, national], FRA, from 2010

General Interest

Hobbies
Fashion. (elmundo.es, 22 Feb 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m butterfly and bronze in the 400m individual medley at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (as.com, 11 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US swimmer Michael Phelps and Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal. (as.com, 02 Dec 2017; elmundo.es, 22 Feb 2016)
Injuries
In December 2016 she was unable to swim at the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, ON, Canada, as she was suffering from bronchitis. (swimswam.com, 03 Jan 2017)

In June 2015 she suffered from shoulder bursitis that required stem cell therapy as part of the treatment. The injury forced her to miss the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (elmundo.es, 22 Feb 2016; swimswam.com, 22 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Just do it." (mireiabelmonte.com, 2011)
Awards and honours
She was named Spanish Sportswoman of the Past 50 Years by a national newspaper and online poll in December 2017. (swimvortex.com, 03 Dec 2017)

She received the Premio AS del Deporte Award in 2012, 2014 and 2016. (swimswam.com, 03 Jan 2017)

She received the 2015 Gold Medal for Sporting Merit by the Spanish Sports Council. (csd.gob.es, 29 Jul 2015)

She was named the 2014 Athlete of the Year by the Spanish Olympic Committee. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 17 Dec 2014)

In 2013 she received the National Prize of Sport in Spain. (mireiabelmonte.com, 15 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and to win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (navarra.elespanol.com, 18 Oct 2016; europapress.es, 04 Dec 2017)
Other information
HOMETOWN HONOUR
In January 2015 it was announced that her hometown of Badalona was to honour her by making her its 'Adopted Daughter'. The ceremony in February 2015 is in addition to her name being given to a new 50m swimming pool to be built in the town. (swimswam.com, 23 Jan 2015)

NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first female Spanish swimmer to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games when she won the 200m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fina.org, 21 Oct 2016)

ALLERGY
She is allergic to chlorine and has to take special medication. (abc.es, 19 Dec 2011)

TATTOO
In 2008 she had the Olympic rings tattooed on her wrist. (abc.es, 19 Dec 2011)