Colombian gymnast Jossimar Calvo is one of the most outstanding athletes in his specialty in the continent. In Toronto 2015, he became the first Colombian athlete to win three titles in Pan-American Games. He prevailed in parallel bars, horizontal bar and pommel horse.
"I’m actually very proud, I’ve worked hard. Since the previous edition of the Pan American Games (Guadalajara 2011), I’ve had four years of important international competitions and I’ve tried to do my best,” Calvo pointed out after Toronto.
Guadalajara was precisely the first high-level competition for Calvo. He was only 17 years old at the time, but he surprised everybody with his triumph in the top-scoring tournament and he finished second in the horizontal bar.
Afterwards, in the South American Games held in Santiago de Chile in 2014, the Colombian gymnast conquered four medals, two of which were golden (as the top scorer and in the team event). He also won the silver in parallel bars and a bronze medal in floor exercises.
According to his trainer Jairo Ruiz, Calvo has spent nearly 16 years practicing gymnastics with remarkable performance and great discipline, so he develops two parallel lines: training systems and his studies on physical education.
In 2015, Calvo achieved significant results, plus the gold medals obtained in Toronto. For example, he conquered three gold medals in World Cups and, although his performance in Scotland World Cup wasn’t good, he finished the year with seven gold medals and one silver in Tolima-Chocó National Games 2015.
As for 2016, Calvo will try to get an Olympic ticket to go to Rio, he’s going to participate in Cochabamba Pan-American Championship, in Bolivia, and the South American Championship in Lima. Furthermore, his schedule also includes the participation in such events as Pacific Rim, in the United States, and World Cups of Sao Pablo, Brazil, and Anaia, Portugal, during the second quarter.