Road to Rio

Arianna Errigo
Athletics Brazil

ALAN Oliveira

Gold in the 200m at the
London 2012 Paralympic Games
World champion and world record-holder
in the 100m and 200m
Full name: Alan Fonteles Cardoso de Oliveira Date and place of birth: 21 August 1992 – Marabá, Pará, Brazil
Height: 1.72m Weight: 63kg
Classification: T43 Challenge: Both his legs were amputated below the knee when he was 21 days old

Trivia

He began running when he was eight years old After watching his idol Robson Caetano compete His nickname as a child was Peixe ('Fish') “They said I looked like one when I was younger.”
Hobbies Playing video games and going to the cinema with his wife Collects Miniature cars
Favourite food barbecue Favourite film Olympus Has Fallen
Pets He has a Chow Chow dog called Molly, a couple of rabbits called Príncipe ('Prince') and Princesa ('Princess'), and saltwater fish He also likes doing Extreme sports and going on adventures, such as hiking, bike riding and skateboarding
In the future... He plans to become a coach and spot new talent for Brazil Definition of Rio de Janeiro Marvellous

The emotions he feels when hearing the national anthem

Idols

“The moment when you hear the national anthem on top of the podium is unique and moving. It’s the feeling that everything worked out. For me, it means the certainty of spreading some happiness among the Brazilian people, a way of making everyone feel proud to be Brazilian.” Robson Caetano
Ayrton Senna
Alan Fonteles
Being able to race in the Rio 2016 Games with the support of the Brazilian fans will be fantastic and moving. Few people get the opportunity to represent their country at home in such a huge event. It’s the pinnacle of an athlete’s career.
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