Oriana Teran determined to succeed

Venezuelan powerlifter positive despite economic struggle

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Venezuelan Oriana Teran is keeping her dream of succeeding on the powerlifting international scene alive despite a strained and demoralising economic situation.

“The situation in Venezuela gets tougher and more difficult each day,” the reigning women’s up to 45kg junior world champion said amid increasing political turmoil in her country.

“It is not easy to train within this sad context where nothing is certain. You are training for an important event, which you may attend or not due to lack of economic resources. It is not easy to face this big adversity but I have dreams and goals to fulfil.

“That is what provides me with impetus and strength to move forward despite any situation present on the path. Nothing is impossible for an open mind.”

Teran was selected to take over the World Para Powerlifting Instagram account to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March. But Venezuela suffered a total blackout in many regions on that day, leaving Teran unable to use social media.

She did the Instagram takeover two days later, showcasing her usual positive attitude. “It is important to draw good energy and smile at life so that life smiles back at you. I am always happy.

“Something that lifts my mood is sharing moments with my family and friends, as well as my passion for dancing and music. I have been a dancer since I was little and you can see me dancing any rhythm anywhere. I especially like twerking and samba.”

Ahead of this season, Teran is preparing for the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, and Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru.

“Those are the most important competitions of the year and I hope to perform well and hopefully finish among the top eight and achieve qualification for Tokyo 2020.”

The 21-year-old dreams of emulating her hero and three-time Paralympic champion Amalia Perez of Mexico. “I admire everything of her, she is the best in the world. I love how she is as a person and a powerlifter.

“I remember when I met her, almost jump on her for joy! We took many photos together. Amalia is awesome!”