John Pineda will be competing in his first multi-sport games at TORONTO 2015 after coming up short in his attempts to qualify for the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. Pineda made his international debut in 2004 and stood on his first international podium at the 2008 Pan American Championships where he won a bronze medal. He has made four world championship appearances, with his best results coming in 2010 and 2013 when he finished 13th. He started off his 2015 season with a pair of podium performances, winning bronze at the Grand Prix of Paris before claiming gold at the Gramma Cup in Havana.
Family: Parents Nuncio and Norma… Outside Interests: Works as the provincial development coach for men’s wrestling in British Columbia, working with high school athletes… Has had to balance his own career with guiding a future generation of wrestlers…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES
UWW WCh: 2013 – 13th (60kg); 2011 – 33rd (60kg); 2010 – 13th (55kg); 2009 – 28th (55kg)
PAC: 2008 – BRONZE (55kg); 2007 – 5th (55kg)