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Brazilian Gold Medal Swimmer Cielo Says Its Time to Rest
    2008-10-02 09:57:45     Xinhua

After meeting the president of Brazil on Wednesday, along with the rest of the Brazilian Olympic and Para Olympic athletes, swimmer Cesar Cielo said he will be taking the rest of the year off.

 

The athlete claims that he will putting his family first, spending quality time with them.

 

Before his break, Cielo will take participate in the first stage of the World Cup of swimming. The short pool event will be held next week in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, the first of a series of international competitions.

 

Despite not being in his best shape, Cielo says he will try his best to win in Belo Horizonte.

 

"I know that there are lots of athletes training hard for this event. It is a way to make some money. I will try my best.

 

"It will be a good way for me to prove to my opponents that I will not back down, even when I am not in good shape. Even though I am not at my best, I will try my best to knock out my rivals," said Cielo.

 

"I don't plan on participating in any international stage because I want to spend more time with my family. I also want to relax.

 

"I need to conserve some energy to be able to start my back-to-back campaign for 2012," said Cielo, gold medal winner in the 50m freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

 
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