'HISTORIAS CON ALMA'
Enjoy portraits and profiles of some of the leading figures in women's sport in Spain
In sport, very often the success stories conceal lives full of sacrifices and stories with soul that only come to light after they have reaped the rewards of years of effort and sacrifice. Paths that, in the case of women, are often beset with even more difficulties. Find out about the road that many of the great stars of women's national sport have had to follow. Professional careers achieved through passion, effort and determination that have taken them to the top.
At 14 years of age, she is the only girl in the Spanish Boxing Federation Schoolboys and Schoolgirls Boxing program, and the only child training with the national team. But she doesn't want differential treatment because she is a woman. Her greatest ambition is to compete in the 2024 Olympic Games.
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HELEN ROCA AND 'MARIBÍ' RIBERA, RUGBY COACHES
Helen Roca and María Ribera, Maribí, fell in love with rugby at university. Now, they are both coaches in the División de Honor Femenina (the top Spanish league competition for women) 2019. But neither can make a living from it.
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The seven-time Spanish champion was one half of the pair that represented our country in ice skating at the Olympic Games and in 2018 she won a silver medal at the Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix event.
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TERESA PORTELA, CANOEIST
Canoeist Teresa Portela almost gave up her sports career when she decided to become a mother after the London Olympics. Today she is just a step away from becoming the woman with most Olympic games under her belt.
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She is equally committed to football and athletics. Last year she became both European and World champion with the sub-17 national football team, and is the youngest woman to have won a senior athletics medal.
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CELIA JIMÉNEZ, NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER
She went to the USA when she was just 18 years old so she could combine her studies with a professional sporting career. She is the first female Spanish footballer to be selected for the US soccer DRAFT, and is taking part in her second World Cup with the Spanish team.
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Amanda Sampedro has won three leagues and one Copa de la Reina with Atlético de Madrid Féminas, where she always dreamt of playing and where she made her first-team debut at 15.
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PATRICIA GARCÍA, RUGBY PLAYER
Spanish women's national rugby player Patricia García analyses the challenges she has faced during her sports career and how she overcome them with the right attitude and determination.
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The Olympic medallist, two-time world champion, Spanish national gymnastics coach and medical student tells us her story of hard work and sacrifice.
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SANDRA SÁNCHEZ, WORLD KATA CHAMPION
The karateka tells us about the long and hard road to the top. Sandra Sánchez has had to overcome her rivals on the tatami and the opinions of those who did not believe in her.
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