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VenezuelaVenezuela, VEN
Open water


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
10 September 1991
Miami, FL, USA
Athlete, Student
English, Spanish
Higher education
Administration Studies - University of Florida: Gainesville, FL, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
Her parents thought it would be healthy for her.

General Interest

The Mermaid of Aragua. (, 13 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 20 Jun 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (, 19 May 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Disposition, discipline and desire." (, 20 Jun 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named Female Athlete of the Year in 2014 by the Sports Journalists Association in Venezuela. (, 2014)

She was presented with the 2014 Golden Generation Olympic Heroine Award, nominated by the Venezuelan public. (, 18 Dec 2014)

She was Venezuela's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (, 19 Oct 2011)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Yanel has also competed in swimming internationally. (, 15 Mar 2012)
To become a sports nutritionist after she retires from swimming. (, 20 Jun 2018)
Other information
She has studied nutrition in the United States of America. (, 20 Jun 2018)

She and her sister Yanel have opened Fashion Pinto, a clothing and accessories store based in Gainesville, FL, United States of America. They also created Pinto Magazine, which focuses on sport and how to become a high performance athlete. (, 20 Jun 2018; Instagram profile, 09 Jul 2015;, 01 Feb 2016)

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London she became the first athlete to compete for Venezuela in an Olympic swimming final, when she finished in eighth place in the 800m freestyle. (, 17 Nov 2017;, 04 Aug 2012)