Patrick “Pat” Mendes, the newest 90 Day Fiancé season 9 cast member is a familiar face to many because of his weightlifting career. The 2022 season of 90 Day Fiancé stars Patrick opposite his Brazilian fiancé Thaís. 31-year-old Patrick from Austin, Texas had gone to Brazil to reconnect with his father’s side of the family when he decided to look for a Portuguese teacher on dating apps. That’s when he swiped right on 25-year-old model Thaís, who’s about to become his second wife. Before Thaís, Patrick was married to his first girlfriend who he’d met at the gym. Patrick’s first wife was also a weightlifter like him.
Patrick, who wakes up at 5 am to work out, believes that pain is weakness leaving the body. On 90 Day Fiancé season 9, newcomer Patrick describes himself as hardworking and goal-oriented. Patrick had been competing in sports since the age of nine and became a weightlifter in high school. He believed that being stronger than everyone else is what he was really good at after meeting his weightlifting coach John Broz in 2008. After training for a year and a half, Patrick became “one of the strongest people in the country.” Apart from now being a reality TV star in the making, Patrick has a high-paying job in sales. He sells home security door to door and manages sales teams throughout Texas. Patrick sells the alarms and his brother John Mendes installs them.
While Patrick supposedly earns $1,000 a day in his new job, his life before sales was very different. The 90 Day Fiancé season 9 celeb had made the U.S. national team, competed at the Pan Am Games and World Championships, and eventually started training for the Olympics, as per Patrick’s interview on 90 Day Fiancé. Back then, he wasn’t focusing on anything else other than his weightlifting career. The Cinemaholic notes that in 2011, Patrick was found to have a torn labrum which gave him excruciating hip pain. The injury made Patrick almost quit the sport but he didn’t admit defeat. Patrick was the super-heavyweight USA champion in 2011 and 2012.
But then came the massive setback that ruined Patrick’s career and marriage with his ex. When then 21-year-old Patrick was preparing for the Olympics in 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced they suspended him for two years after discovering his use of Human Growth Hormone (hGH). 90 Day Fiancé star Patrick’s Olympic dreams crashed because it was a performance-enhancing drug that is banned in the field of sports. Patrick decided to make a comeback following his ban of two years, but he again tested positive for a different legal substance dimethyl testosterone, which meant that now, his career was finished. Patrick’s ex had fallen in love with his weightlifter identity, so their not going to the gym together or lifting together as a couple caused a huge divide between them.
Looking back, Patrick admits that what he did was a huge mistake. He was trying to take a shortcut in life and now has to suffer the consequences. But Patrick seems to be successful in his new career despite his mistakes and the curveballs life has thrown at him. Whether Patrick will have a successful relationship with Thaís as he deals with her jealousy and hatred towards his brother, remains to be seen on 90 Day Fiancé.