What's next for Carlos Yulo after winning 5 golds, 2 silvers at 2022 SEA Games

by Nikko Tuazon
May 20, 2022
Carlos Yulo at SEA Games 2022
Bemedalled gymnast Carlos Yulo on his seven-medal haul at the 2022 SEA Games: "Siyempre po, masaya. Pero siyempre po, hindi pa rin po satisfied sa mga… especially po sa performance ko po. May mas igagaling pa po or may mas i-improve pa po ako."
PHOTO/S: Jerome Ascano

World gymnastics champ Carlos "Caloy" Yulo is setting his sights on winning the country's first gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

On Monday, May 16, 2022, the 22-year-old athlete wrapped up his 2022 SEA Games stint in Hanoi, Vietnam with a medal haul of five golds and two silvers.

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While Caloy is happy about his wins, he feels he could have performed better to sweep all the top spots in the seven artistic gymnastics events in which he participated.

"Siyempre po, masaya," Caloy told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press in an interview via Zoom last Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

He continued, "Pero siyempre po, hindi pa rin po satisfied sa mga… especially po sa performance ko po.

"May mas igagaling pa po or may mas i-improve pa po ako kaya hindi rin po ako…

"Siguro, ayoko pong magpabaya kasi. Kaya ganung mindset po yung sinasabi ko sa sarili ko."

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Caloy developed this mindset of pushing himself to do better after he fell short of his own expectations during his maiden Olympic appearance in 2021.

He said, "Nakakonekta po siya sa experience ko sa Olympics po, like, sobrang laging bagay po sa akin nun.

"And sobrang thankful din po ako, kahit ganun yung nangyari sa Olympics po.

"Kasi na-realize ko kung ano ba yung gusto ko, e. Mas luminaw yung nakikita ko. Mas luminaw yung goal ko po, e, kahit saang kompetisyon.

"Kaya ayaw ko pong magpabaya."

Caloy is also using his experience as his motivation to win a gold medal at the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France.

He said, "Palagi ko pong chine-check yung sarili ko and palagi ko pong nilu-look back yung performance ko nung Olympics po.

"Every time na nakikita ko po yun, like, namo-motivate po ako na magpractice pa po lalo and mas galingan ko pa sa mga susunod na araw sa mga practices ko nga po."

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Read also: Carlos Yulo looks back on failed 2020 Tokyo Olympics bid: "Nakaka-sad siya, nakakalugmok."

BUILDING MENTAL STRENGTH

Caloy recognizes that mental strength is a key element in improving an athlete's overall performance. This is why he has had a few sessions with a sports psychiatrist to help him with this.

The athlete revealed, "Minsan lang po kami nakakapag-meet kasi medyo naging busy din po ako nung dumating na mga buwan.

"Kasi naglipat po ako ng bahay and naglipat po kami ng pinagte-trainingan."

He added, "May mas tutulong pa po yun sa akin for sure, sa mga darating po na competition ko or mga problema pong darating sa akin."

Asked what he learned so far from these sessions, he said, "May natutunan po akong isa pa lang po sa apat na session namin, which is yung like, paano maging isa yung utak pati yung puso.

"Like, magtiwala sa sarili. Well, basic lang po siya pero malaking bagay po iyon."

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Caloy is going back to Japan to continue his training and prepare for the Asian championships in Qatar happening in October 2022.

"Pagbalik ko po [ng Japan] like, practice po, mga two to three weeks po.

"And may competition na naman po sa next month, sa Doha, Qatar po, which is dun po gaganapin yung Asian championships po.

"So, kailangan ko pong mas galingan dun para maka-qualify po ako sa world championship sa October po."

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Bemedalled gymnast Carlos Yulo on his seven-medal haul at the 2022 SEA Games: "Siyempre po, masaya. Pero siyempre po, hindi pa rin po satisfied sa mga… especially po sa performance ko po. May mas igagaling pa po or may mas i-improve pa po ako."
PHOTO/S: Jerome Ascano
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