|Full name||Patricia Filler Amorim|
February 13, 1969 |
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||53 kg (117 lb)|
Patrícia Filler Amorim (born February 13, 1969, Rio de Janeiro) is a former Olympic freestyle swimmer from Brazil and former president of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Brazil's most popular football team. She is the first female president ever of the club, elected on December 7, 2009.
She was born to a bossa nova bassist and a primary school teacher. When Amorim was 3 years old, her sister Paula who had asthma was recommended by a doctor to take up swimming to help with her asthma. Amorim started swimming by going along with Paula to the swimming classes. At 5 years old, Amorim swam across Guanabara Bay in Rio. She represented her native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. She retired from swimming in 1991.
Amorim also broke several South American records in the 800-metre free, the first in 1985 and the last in 1988 Seoul: 8:51.95. Her record lasted until 1999, when Ana Muniz did 8:48.53. She is the person who most often hit the Brazilian record of 800-metre freestyle, six times.
Amorim is married to Fernando Sihman and has four children.
On December 3, 2012, in spite of running for Flamengo's presidency re-election, she was defeated by Eduardo Bandeira de Mello.
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- (Portuguese) Patrícia Amorim