Residence Caracas, VEN
Occupation Athlete, Dentist
Languages English, French, Italian, Spanish
Higher education Dentistry - Central University of Venezuela: Caracas, VEN
|La Havane (CUBA), 2005-06-24||Koblenz (GERMANY), 2008-05-17|
|Queretaro (MEXICO), 2008-07-08|
|Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-17|
|Valencia (VENEZUELA), 2006-10-26|
|Reykjavik (ICELAND), 2012-06-02||Cancun (MEXICO), 2015-12-15|
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 15.
Why this sport? Her aunt took her to the training hall at the Central University of Venezuela, where she met coach Ildemaro Sanchez. "I was so excited because the Venezuelan national team trained there. That was my inspiration."
Nicknames Ale (Facebook profile, 11 Jun 2018)
Injuries She sustained an injury to her shin in 2017. (contrapunto.com, 08 Oct 2017)
In July 2015 she sustained a stress fracture to her shin bone. She competed with the injury at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada, where she won silver in individual sabre and bronze in team sabre. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Mar 2016; eluniversal.com, 22 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Any sport generates discipline and values like solidarity and fellowship. But for a child, fencing is important because it also helps with reasoning, concentration, and strategy." (alejandrabenitez.com, 06 Dec 2016)
Ambitions She aspires to work as a fencing coach and own a sports club. (raldahir.com, 15 Mar 2018)
Other information RUSSIAN TRAINING
Since 2016 she has undergone regular training camps in Moscow, Russian Federation. "I am here for the sport. I train with the Russian national team and they have a very high level of training. It is difficult because of the weather and distance, but this is the best place to train." (sputniknews.om, 07 Dec 2016; contrapunto.com, 08 Oct 2017; raldahir.com, 15 Mar 2018; marcavinotinto.com, 18 Jan 2019)
She has founded the BenitezVEN foundation, which aims to promote fencing and physical activity among children in Venezuela. "My first home was in the favelas of Caracas, and my work in Venezuela is based right there. For me it is neither dangerous nor complicated. My foundation promotes our sport by organising fencing exhibitions for the children. We set up a piste and allow them to play. We also bring clothes and food. Sport is always good for children. I want to help them realise all the good things that fencing can bring them." (fie.org, 03 Aug 2016; ciudadmcy.info.ve, 29 Feb 2016; liderendeportes.com, 10 Jan 2016; liderendeportes.com, 22 Apr 2013; raldahir.com, 15 Mar 2018)
In 2010 she served as a deputy of the Venezuelan national assembly, and in 2013 she was appointed minister of sport under president Nicolas Maduro. "When I decided to take on my political career, I made sacrifices and left many things aside, but I never lost my focus [for sport]. I will always be Alejandra Benítez the Olympic athlete, and afterwards I am a dentist and then a politician." (alejandrabenitez.com, 2016; sputniknews.com, 07 Dec 2016; contrapunto.com, 08 Oct 2017)
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