Dipa Karmakar is India's most celebrated gymnast who has not only tasted success internationally but is also the first Indian gymnast to have represented the nation in the most prestigious contest in the world, the Olympics, in 52 years. She has also won bronze at both, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (2014) and Asian Championships (2015).View this post on Instagram
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Started working on her talents and improving her skills at an extremely early age of six in the city of Agartala in Tripura, Karmakar also suffered from a postural deformity called flat feet which used to adversely affect her performance and hindered her from reaching her true potential.
According to her former coach Bisbeshwar Nandi, Karmakar used to put in extra hours of hard work to naturally bring a curve to her feet, leading her to contest and win more than 75 medals during her ongoing illustrious career.
At just 25 years of age, she is considered to be one of the most influential members of the society, especially the younger generation of sports enthusiasts. Her ability to not give up under unfair circumstances, the relentless dedication and the hunger to prove her worth to the world inspired Mattel Inc. the toy company that produces the fashionable and iconic 'Barbie' dolls.
On the 60th anniversary of the toy, the company decided to pay homage to 20 women hailing from 17 countries, who have been on great significance and are considered to be “real-life heroes” for their contribution to their respective fields and the society.
Karmakar made the list and was honoured with her very own Barbie doll that donned a full-sleeve red leotard while also showing off the bronze medal she earned during the 2014 Commonwealth.
Barbie has always shown girls that they can be anything!! On the occasion of her 60th anniversary, I am honoured to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls!#Barbie60 #YouCanBeAnything pic.twitter.com/6cnAWtLvDs— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) March 9, 2019
“Barbie has always shown girls that they can be anything!! On the occasion of her 60th anniversary, I am honoured to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls! #Barbie60 #YouCanBeAnything,” tweeted the athlete.