After Olympic Games in London in 2012 Carolina Rodríguez was about to stop doing gymnastics. He was suffering from a foot injury and the only solution was surgery. She wanted to compete in European Championships and then retire. But her love to the sport made a dream come true: she continued training and last week, she qualified for Rio Olympics 2016.
“Carolina is different. She has charisma. What I feel towards her is more than work. We share feelings”
Olympic Games London 2012
“Sometimes I have a lot of negative feelings around me. But thanks to my coaches and family I could see the positive side of the sport”
“When Spain won the gold medal at Atlanta ’96 I was 10 years old. I thought to myself “I also want to go to Olympic Games”. In 2004, when I was 18 I had the opportunity to compete at Olympic Games in Athens, with the group. Nowadays, I am looking forward to compete again as an individual gymnast in an Olympic Games. For me London Olympics was like a prize. I could never imagine that 4 years later, I would be still training.”
“I am feeling sad (about her retirement after OG) because I know that Carolina is unique” – said her coach.
Carolina will be the most veteran rhythmic gymnast in Olympic Games: 30 years old.