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Thiago
Pereira
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
26 January 1986
Height
188 cm
Weight
83 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Gabi
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Languages
English, Portuguese

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age two, and took it up seriously at age 12.
Why this sport?
His mother enrolled him in swimming lessons after he fell into a pool at age two and nearly drowned.

General Interest

Hobbies
Eating barbecue with his friends, dining with his wife, watching films, playing video games. (vaithiago.com.br, 02 Dec 2015; cob.org.br, 01 Aug 2015)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (nestle.com.br, 07 Dec 2015)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian swimmers Rogerio Romero and Gustavo Borges, US basketball player Kobe Bryant. (vaithiago.com.br, 02 Dec 2015; cob.org.br, Aug 2015)
Injuries
He fractured his right hand in 2009. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 23 Oct 2010)

He was forced to withdraw from the 2005 World Championships after he dislocated his knee when playing a game of football with his friends. (Swim News, 15 Jun 2005)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Follow your dreams, so one day they can become reality." (thiagopereira.com.br, 19 Jan 2007)
Awards and honours
In December 2016 a life-size statue of him was unveiled in Volta Redonda, Brazil. (swimswam.com, 21 Dec 2016)

In 2015 he was named Swimmer of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee. (swimswam.com, 24 Nov 2015)

He was named the Best Male Athlete of the 2015 Pan American Games by the Association of National Olympic Committees [ANOC]. (gazetaesportiva.com, 30 Oct 2015)

In 2007 he was named Athlete of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 23 Oct 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from swimming in March 2017. (swimswam.com, 29 Mar 2017)