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Cesar
Cielo
BrazilBrazil, BRA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
10 January 1987
Height
195 cm
Family
Wife Kelly Gisch, son Thomas [2015]
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach, Motivational Speaker, Student
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
NADAR/Marcilio Dias: Itajai, BRA
Name of coach
Regis Mencia [personal]
Training Regime
He trains at the Olympic Training and Research Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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 injured his left shoulder 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 had 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
PROJECT
In 2019, and after four months without a club, he joined Club Nautico Marcilio Dias in Itajai, Brazil. The club is in a joint venture with the social swimming project called Nadar which is run by the government of the city of Itajai and the local sports foundation. He became ambassador of the Nadar project in 2018, and his presence in the club would allow him to take part regularly in the social swimming schools. "This partnership with the major social swimming project in the country, and one of the biggest in the world [with more than 3000 kids], was created in the name of sport and swimming, and for a better Brazil. We will focus on education, health and the social aspect of sports in order to grow." He continued training in Sao Paulo, Brazil, under the guide of coach Regis Mencia, at the Olympic Training and Research Centre. (fmel.itajai.sc.gov.br, 10 May 2019; swimchannel.net, 25 Apr 2019; globoesporte.globo.com, 25 Apr 2019; g1.globo.com, 01 May 2019)

FURTHER STUDIES
In 2019 he began studying physical education at the University of Itajai Valley [Univali] in Itajai, Brazil. "I never thought about studying physical education before, but now everything is all integrated. I have my clinics and my institute. And Nadar [a social project he is ambassador of] is at the social aspect of my own work and Univali supports this project. I don't expect to get out of this environment, continuing learning in order to be involved in sports as a way of giving back everything I have received until now. Because of that, studying at Univali is a perfect and natural joint venture. I chose physical education because in Brazil it is a compulsory study for those who want to work next to the pool, so I want to keep my options open, as I don't know what awaits for me in the future." (univali.br, 23 Aug 2019; Univali YouTube channel, 10 Oct 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2010 he launched the Cesar Cielo Institute with the aim to promote and develop the sport of swimming in Brazil, as well as through his swimming clinics. "The essence of high performance is sharing. I learned that if you are afraid to share, or you know you are not that good and someone might be better than you. Those two points kill competitiveness in any body." (ccsc.cesarcielo.com.br, 01 Aug 2017; diariodonordeste.verdesmares.com.br, 14 Dec 2019)

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)

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