Spanish Professional Badminton Player
Carolina María Marín Martín (born 15 June 1993) is a Spanish professional badminton player. She is the reigning Olympic Champion, three-time World Champion, four-time European Champion, and the former World’s No. 1 in BWF rankings for the women’s singles discipline, holding the World No. 1 title for a record number of 66 weeks. Widely regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in the badminton circuit, she holds the distinction of having won a medal in almost every BWF tournament, along with the consecutive golds at the Olympics, the World Championships and the European Championships. She has become the World Champions in the women’s singles three times, winning in 2014, 2015 and 2018, thereby becoming the first ever female badminton athlete to have achieved this feat. She has also consecutively won the European Championships title for 4 times in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. She won the Olympics gold medal in women’s singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Marín was appointed as the brand ambassador of football major LaLiga and Meliá Hotels International for its promotion in other countries.
Carolina Marín in her earlier childhood was a keen Flamenco dancer. It was when she came to know about badminton upon seeing her friend playing the sport, who introduced her to the game, that she developed interest and began to fall in love with this sport, and ever since then, decided to stop dancing and play badminton wholeheartedly. At the age of eight, she started playing badminton at the IES La Orden in Huelva. She says she had to leave her hometown and her family at a very young age to travel all the way to Madrid for training at National Centre.