MARTINS SOARES Icaro Miguel

29 Apr 1995
26
Male
BELO HORIZONTE
 
Brazil
SAO CAETANO DO SUL
 
Brazil

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
TKW Taekwondo Men -80kg 11

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Makuhari Messe Hall A
ITA
ALESSIO SALESSIO Simone
22
RSC
BRA
MARTINS SOARES IMMARTINS SOARES Icaro Miguel
3
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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World Championships
RankEventYearLocation
2-87kg2019Manchester, GBR
1st Round-87kg2017Muju, KOR

Pan American Games
RankEventYearLocation
2-80kg2019Lima, PER

Pan American Championships
RankEventYearLocation
1-87kg2021Cancun, MEX
2-87kg2018Spokane, WA, USA

Grand Prix Final
RankEventYearLocation
Quarterfinal-80kg2019Moscow, RUS

Grand Prix
RankEventYearLocation
3-80kg2019Sofia, BUL
Quarterfinal-80kg2019Rome, ITA
2nd Round-80kg2019Chiba, JPN
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Pirate, De Manga ["When I was a kid my cousin said I had a head like a mango seed [caroco de manga]. From then on they called me that, Caroco de Manga, and eventually it ended up as De Manga."] (Olimpiada Todo Dia YouTube channel, 29 Jul 2020; oglobo.globo.com, 07 Jul 2019)
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Singing. (Olimpiada Todo Dia YouTube channel, 29 Jul 2020)
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Athlete
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Municipal University of Sao Caetano do Sul, Brazil
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Partner Raiany
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Portuguese
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Two Brothers Team [Sao Caetano do Sul, BRA]
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Clayton dos Santos [club], BRA; Reginaldo dos Santos [club], BRA
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His partner Raiany Fidelis has also represented Brazil in taekwondo. She won bronze in the +67kg category at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Instagram profile, 10 May 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 23 Aug 2020)
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He took up the sport at age eight. (oglobo.globo.com, 07 Jul 2019)
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To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. (oglobo.globo.com, 07 Jul 2019)
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Brazilian gymnast Arthur Zanetti, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (globoesporte.globo.com, 08 Apr 2020)
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His mother. (oglobo.globo.com, 07 Jul 2019)
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"Believe in yourself." (olimpiadatododia.com.br, 01 Apr 2020)

General Interest

General
VISION IMPAIRMENT
He has 10% vision in his right eye as the result of an accident when he was age six. His eye became irritated due to the chlorine in a swimming pool, and his mother mistakenly applied ammonia to the eye, believing it was boric acid. The substance burned his cornea, retina and optic nerve and he completely lost vision in the eye. After treatment he initially recovered his vision, but it slowly deteriorated again. "It was an accident. I actually thank my mother for what happened. My mother is my strength in the sport." In 2014 he was due to undergo a cornea transplant, but on the day of the surgery he changed his mind because there was a chance he could completely lose sight in the eye again, jeopardising his sporting career. "I had to make a choice between the transplant and taekwondo. Rehabilitation would also have taken up to two years so I would have missed the [2016] Olympic Games. So I decided I would only undergo surgery after retirement." He does training sessions with his healthy eye covered so he can get used to competing with the impaired eye, which has continued to worsen. "Four years ago [speaking in 2019] I only had one Brazilian title, now I have won a silver medal at the [2019] world championships. And all of that with my eyesight getting worse. It doesn't bother me." (oglobo.globo.com, 07 Jul 2019)

VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING
He used virtual reality software to allow him to train safely during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The technology simulated how potential opponents would move, and was developed using motion-capture suits worn by members of the Brazilian national team. "It is a gigantic innovation. And it is clear that the priority now is the [2020] OIympic Games, but we can use it to prepare for future competitions too. The equipment offers the chance to study all rivals. The idea is to learn the strengths and weaknesses of everyone. If we can't have in-person contact on a daily basis, it makes tactical work difficult. With this new equipment it is much easier." (insidethegames.biz, 31 Jul 2020; agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br, 28 Jul 2020)

CELEBRATION
When he stands on the podium he covers his impaired eye with his hand. He says the gesture began as a bet he made with friends in 2018 before a competition in Brazil. "As a joke, I said, 'I'm going to win this event and I'm going to celebrate by covering my eye'. They doubted I would, but I won and did it. Everyone thought it was cool and it went viral." (olimpiadatododia.com.br, 09 Apr 2020)

Legend
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
RSC:
Win by Referee Stops Contest
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