CLARISSE MENEZES – ENFRENTE / ESGRIMA – GO ON / FENCING

CLARISSE MENEZES – ENFRENTE / ESGRIMA – GO ON / FENCING


Go On Clarisse, you practiced horse riding when you were a child and only got interested in fencing by the age of 23. Tell us, how was this first meeting with fencing? And why did you choose fencing over horse riding? NAME: CLARISSE MENEZES MODALITY: FENCING MAIN TITLE: FIRST BRAZILIAN TO BRING BRONZE, FROM THE PAN AMERICAN Because of horse riding I’ve been called to participate in modern pentathlon, developed here in Brazil. And as I already had the horse riding part, people reached me out telling me to try it. So I started practicing shots, fencing, swimming, running and horse riding itself. From the 5 modalities, the one which really got hold of me was fencing. I was enchanted, I fell in love and I do it until now. What are your titles? I’m four times Brazilian champion, I have plenty of titles from Rio de Janeiro’s Championship, I’ve been a medal holder on the 2006’s South American, I was bronze there, and I also got a medal on the 2007 Pan American Games. In these games, in Rio, I was the first woman to get a medal in Brazilian Fencing. So it was kind of a pioneering, a very important mark for women in Fencing. After that, the confederation started looking at female presence in the sport from a different angle. What was the last round competition, which would be eliminatory for the Olympic Games? The last one that counted for Brazil was a championship held in May, in Curitiba. I lost at the semifinals. If I had gone to the finals, I would have made to the Brazilian backup team. I wouldn’t participate in the individual event, but I could participate in the team event. So, it was by a hair’s breadth that I didn’t classify to the Olympics. You told me before the interview that you had a problem, an injury. Do you think this was what got you out of the Olympics? Last year, July 2015, we were already in the peacemaking process for the Olympic Games, so I ended up stopping completely for 6 months, in order to focus on the recovery in bodybuilding. That’s why I lost many international and national competitions. And we have a worldwide ranking, so this really damaged me. In January 2016 I went back to training, and training abroad. I took part in many competitions around the world. But it didn’t work out fine, I couldn’t make this dream come true, perhaps on the next Olympic Games I’ll do it. Will you keep on training for 2020? Look, one day at a time… I think this injury has taught me a lot in other aspects of my life. I really love fencing, it’s something that keeps me alive, that keeps me active. I meet my friends, I travel and I mantain my physical and mental health as well. So it’s a sport I intend to never leave. Now, we’ll see… Until 2020 there is a lot to happen, if I have the necessary conditions I will fight for this dream, yes. I realized by playing with her that she is very strong indeed! You gotta have a lot of strenght on your legs. This sport requires heavy physical preparation, right? Yes, it does indeed. It’s a sport where physical conditions are very important for you, and also are the mental conditions. But you’ll only do well mentally, working the tactical part, if you have a physical that can take it, brain oxigenation, quick decision making, different strategies you have to use with different opponents, so physically you have to be very well prepared even because the rounds are very intense, each combat has 3 turns of 3 minutes each with a 1 minute break The competition lasts the whole day. We start warming up for competition usually at 7am and ends competing at like, 6, 7pm. A competition like that really demans a lot from the athlete. What are your hopes and your dreams in sport? I’d like to see a lot of people practicing fencing, children, other generation who could really bring Brazil higher each time, more each time for the first places on the podium, international basis. Do you have a message that you want to send to your family and friends? Thank you for being my friends and family. They’ve always supported me a lot, even when I got hurt and had difficult times in sport. I think sometimes they wondered if I was putting myself to test when I wasn’t okay for it, I was stumbling, I still wear knee pads. But at any moment I saw thay face like “there she goes”. A very hard challenge, but everyone always supported me. So I just wanted to thank all the support I’ve ever had from my parents, my sisters, my family, my friends who are always keeping their fingers crossed for me. It’s really good to have this, it’s really cool. You always have to be searching for improvements, it’s self-improvement, you always have things to learn. 16 reason to watch Mosaico Channel Choose your playlist Movie within minutes

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