WORLD RECORD HOLDER, 50 FREESTYLE & 100 FREESTYLE  •  2008 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST; 50 FREESTYLE; BRONZE-MEDALIST, 100 FREE  •  2012 OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALIST, 50 FREE  •  6-TIME WORLD CHAMPION  •  NCAA RECORD HOLDER, 50 FREESTYLE & 100 FREESTYLE  •  6-TIME NCAA CHAMPION
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Cesar Cielo

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There are no limits in the 50m, everything is a complete surprise, there is no way to predict what might happen. And today was my day, I won a medal of which I had dreamt for a long time.
Personal Info

Born On:  January 10, 1987
Hometown:  Sao Paulo, Brazil
Resides:  Auburn, Alabama
Education:  Auburn (International Business)
Height:  6' 4

Biography

In his native Brazil, sprint superstar Cesar Cielo has a level of fame that most wouldn’t believe imaginable for a swimmer. The World Record holder in both the 50 and 100 freestyles is a revered figure in sports in a country where pure speed, precision, and grace are held in the highest esteem among athletic pursuits.

Brazil has a reputation as a “soccer-mad” country. Now, consider this: For the last three years, Cielo has been voted the country’s second most popular athlete, behind only two-time World footballer of the year Ronaldinho.

The Brazilian people take extreme pride in Cesar and his swimming accomplishments in a manner that few swimmers anywhere in the world experience. Perhaps it’s because his fluidity in the water reminds them of their beloved national soccer team. Afterall, Cielo represents the same Flamengo club that is the country’s most popular in the national sport- imagine, if you will, Ryan Lochte swimming for the New York Yankees.

But the Brazilian love affair is much more than that. Cielo reminds the Brazilian people of themselves.  In a country where passion and emotion is pervasive, Cielo pours every ounce of himself into every single swim. He finishes meets not just to the point of physical exhaustion, but emotional exhaustion.

That emotion can be a challenge for him at times. Even though he is an Olympic gold medalist and a 6-time World Champion, he still struggles with pre-race nerves at times. Even with those internal jitters, he exudes a confidence that isn’t just seen but felt by those around him. Former training partner Matt Targett recently described it as something that others can sense subconsciously; an air that surrounds only the best-of-the-best.

Cesar may be one of the biggest athletes in his native country, but at the end of the day he still wants the same things as every other swimmer in the world: a clean start, a good finish, and the hope that when he gets out of the water at the end of his last swim, he can say he did everything in his power to be as good as he could be.