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Bruno
Fratus
BrazilBrazil, BRA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
30 June 1989
Height
187 cm
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Michelle
Residence
Coral Springs, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming competitively at age 11.
Club / Team
Coral Springs Swim Club [USA] / Minas Tenis Clube [BRA]:
Name of coach
Brett Hawke [personal], AUS; Michelle Lenhardt [wife], BRA
Training Regime
He trains in Florida, United States of America.

General Interest

Hobbies
Spending time with his wife. (cob.org.br, 30 Jun 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two silver medals at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (fina.org, 29 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian swimmers Gustavo Borges and Fernando Scherer, Australian swimmer Brett Hawke. (cob.org.br, 30 Jun 2017)
Injuries
He was not selected to compete at the 2018 Pan-Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan, due to inflamed tendons in his left shoulder. The injury kept him out of the pool for four weeks. He had surgery on the shoulder in September 2018. (swimswam.com, 23 Sep 2018; globoesporte.globo.com, 16 Jul 2018; sportv.globo.com, 24 Sep 2018)

In February 2016 he sustained a back injury, which affected his training during the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimchannel.blogosfera.uol.com.br, 01 Jun 2017)

He suffered an injury in his right shoulder in March 2013 while training in Italy and had to return to Brazil. He had a shoulder operation which kept him out of action until the end of 2013. (globoesporte.globo.com, 08 Apr 2013; bestswimming.com, 05 Mar 2014; sportv.globo.com, 24 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A person who wants to do something will go and do it. A person who doesn't want to do something will find excuses." (cob.org.br, 30 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 and 2017 South American Male Swimmer of the Year in Swimswam.com's Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 18 Dec 2017)
Famous relatives
His wife Michelle Lenhardt has also represented Brazil in swimming, and competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (sportv.globo.com, 10 Apr 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sportv.globo.com, 10 Apr 2018)
Other information
NEW APPROACH
In late 2017 he left his longtime training base at Auburn University in Alabama, United States of America. He moved alongside his wife, Brazilian swimmer and coach Michelle Lenhardt, to Coral Springs, Florida, citing the need to refresh his mind and reaffirm his goals. "After almost four unbelievable years, training and living in Auburn, I decided it was time to shake things up a little bit. I went backwards in 2014 and 2015, and 2016, the year that counted the most, was not very nice. Now I want to do things a little bit different. I do not want to train so much every day, but to have a light preparation in order to have a fresher mind for the next two years." (globoesporte.globo.com, 18 Apr 2018; sportv.globo.com, 10 Apr 2018; swimswam.com, 21 Nov 2017)

OLYMPIC DISAPPOINTMENT
He contemplated quitting the sport after finishing sixth in the 50m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I did not want to see a pool anymore. I thought about getting a normal job." He says that the support he had from his wife Michelle and his coach Brett Hawke was important in his decision to continue swimming. "They were Olympic athletes, they knew how I was feeling." He returned to competition in December 2016. (swimchannel.blogosfera.uol.com.br, 01 Jun 2017)