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Athletes

Thaïs
Henríquez
SpainSpain, ESP
Female
Artistic Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
29 October 1982
Height
185 cm
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 13.
Why this sport?
She switched to the sport after originally training as a tennis player. She loves the passion of synchronised swimming and that is why she stayed in the sport.

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. (eldiario.es, 01 Oct 2015)
Injuries
She competed at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain just a few months after having surgery in her back. (eldiario.es, 01 Oct 2015)

In 2012 she was diagnosed with a hernia. She recovered just in time to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (20minutos.es, 11 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
She received a Golden Insignia by the Spanish Royal Swimming Federation [RFEN] in 2015. (cnmetropole.com, 01 Oct 2015)
Famous relatives
Her father played basketball for Nautico Tenerife in the Spanish first division. Her grandfather Manolo Torres played football for Atletico Madrid and Las Palmas in the 1940s and 1950s in the Spanish first division. Her aunts represented Spain in futsal and karate. Her mother played basketball at regional level. (Canarias7.es, 14 Feb 2007; thaishenriquez.com, 01 Jan 2008; mundodeportivo.com, 31 Jul 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from international synchronised swimming in 2015. (mundodeportivo.com, 08 Mar 2016)

BREAK
She left the sport in 2000 to focus on her university degree. She returned to synchronised swimming in 2001. (thaishenriquez.com, 2008)

CLOTHING LINE
In 2013 her company CTS launched a new brand 'Thais', and the first line of products were female swimsuits. (canariassincro.blogspot.com.es, 16 Jul 2013)