She was the reason for breaking millions of Indian hearts when she defeated shuttler PV Sindhu in the Rio Olympics 2016 Gold medal match. Yes, there’s no prize for guessing – we are talking about the Spaniard world no.1 Carolina Marin.

 

From her old rivalry with Saina Nehwal, to her fresh rivalry with Sindhu, Marin has already had an astounding career. After clinching the Gold medal at Rio Games, she became the first woman athlete outside Asia to win the Badminton Singles Final.

 

Currently, Marin is representing the Hyderabad Hunters in the second edition of Premier Badminton League (PBL).

 

Let us check out some amazing facts about the Spaniard shuttler:

 

## Did you know that Marin got into badminton at the age of 8 by mistake? Her first love was flamenco dancing.

 

## She left her home in Huleva to move to Madrid to play at the national high performance centre and rest is history.

 

## Marin was knocked out in the group stages of the London Olympic Games in 2012. She got a Olympic rings tattoo done on her right wrist and four years later she claimed the gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

 

## Marin idolises the Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.

 

## At the age of 14, she aspired to be the world, Olympic and European champions and 9 years down the line she has achieved it.