It was in fact Sylvia who got Juan Martin started in vaulting too; after watching her at the stables, he wanted to join in as well and began equestrian sport at five years old.
His training has become the focus of his life lately, and he practices every day beginning at seven or eight in the morning and continuing until lunch. Starting mid-July, Clavijo will add another two hours to his training regimen to get ready for the WEG.
"I focus on a few things for a considerable amount of time," he said.
“For example, one day on dynamic compulsory exercises, another for statics, and maybe two tech exercises. And depending on that, I make the appropriate conditioning. I also stretch every day, but for two days a week I stretch longer.”
In the past, Clavijo also took lessons in gymnastics and dance to enhance his vaulting performance.
To prepare for an upcoming stay in Switzerland for eight or nine months in October, Clavijo spends his afternoons studying German. He doesn’t have time for any real hobbies at the moment but enjoys venturing out in his free time with his school or Vaulting friends.
In spite of his intense schedule, Clavijo says Vaulting is still no cake walk. When asked which aspects of competition he finds most challenging, he said:
"I would say having continuity between and during the exercises, for all compulsories, freestyles and tech moves."
Surprisingly, nerves are one part of his Vaulting performance that Clavijo doesn’t much struggle with.
“I actually think that what helps me perform well at big events is not getting nervous, so I decide no to be,” he said. “I also focus on my breathing. I try not to think about anything. I talk to myself, and when performing, I find myself focusing only on counting really well.”