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Priya Motiani

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Gaurika Singh, Rio 16’s Youngest Olympian, Is One Brave Woman!

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  •  August 3, 2016


The Rio Olympics of 2016 have an athlete as young as 13 years (and 255 days, to be precise), and she’ll be seen swimming her way to glory in the women’s 100 metres backstroke heats on Sunday.

“That’s quite cool, a bit unreal too. I wanted to go but wasn’t sure I’d be able to because I’d be too young. When I found out a month ago, it was a big shock,” said the 13-year-old Gaurika Singh.

I am not saying the ‘glory’ part merely. Gaurika has created an impressive history for herself of breaking 7 national records, other than surviving the gut-wrenching earthquake in her native Nepal, last year.

“It was terrifying. We were on the fifth floor of a building (in the capital Kathmandu) that we couldn’t escape from. Fortunately, it was a new building, so it did not collapse like others around,” she said.

The young woman didn’t just survive the trauma of the calamity but also donated all her winnings from the restaged championship to a charity set up by her father’s friend, hence becoming the goodwill ambassador.

No wonder, her dad must be super proud of her! After all, he is the father to one of the youngest Olympians of all times.

“She’s special. It’s unbelievable that she’s the youngest Olympian in Rio and amazing how she copes with all the pressure,” her dad, Paras, says.

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