Dipa Karmakar | The First Indian Female Gymnast To Qualify For Olympics
There is a famous proverb, “where there is a will, there is a way”, the gymnast Dipa Karmakar is testimony to that. Her zeal to pursue her passion, regardless of an obstacles, has made her the first female gymnast of India to qualify for Olympics.
Born on 9th August 1993 in Agartala, Dipa started practicing Gymnastics when she was just 6 years old.
Her veteran coach Bisbeshwar Nandi once recalled that Dipa had flat feet when she first enrolled. Flat feet are not ideal for a Gymnast. However, that did not stop her from achieving her goals. Dipa along with her coach worked very hard on her feet to get curves in it.
Her motivation :
Winning the Junior Nationals in 2007 furthered her passion in the sport. Since that year, Dipa had won 77 medals in total with 67 gold in state, national and international tournaments. Looking at Ashish Kumar winning the first ever Gymnastic medals at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth games, Dipa said to herself “I will win it for India one day”. Dipa also won a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow. Apart from pursuing her passion, she is also doing a Masters in Political Science.
The deathly vault :
She went on to attempt the Vault Produnova in the qualification round for Olympics. Vault Produnova is a highly risky vault, with potential for severe spinal injuries if not executed properly. She completed it and became one of the only 5 women who successfully attempted it.
India’s Cricket God Sachin Tendulkar went on to congratulate her and wished her the best, saying she inspires young indians with her achievements.
We wish her the very best at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Way to go, Dipa!