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Dipa Karmakar is India's first badass female gymnast to join the Olympics

She's one of the five women in the world who can do the Produnova vault jump

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 22 Apr 2016

Meet Dipa Karmakar
Photo: Dipa Karmakar/Facebook

Dipa Karmakar is the first female gymnast from India to qualify for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics after winning gold at the test event on Sunday. Her list of achievements include being the first Indian female gymnast to have won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasglow, back in 2014 after nailing the Produnova vault jump.

The jump (a front handspring and two somersaults) was named after legendary gymnast, Yelena Produnova who introduced the move at the 1999 World Championships. The Produnova is considered one of the toughest jumps to execute as the slightest misstep can cause serious injury or death.

Dipa's ability to nail it has made her one of the five women to have ever successfully nailed the jump. Plus she's the first Indian gymnast of ANY gender to qualify for the Olympics in 52 years! Yep. Even Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is as proud of her as we are.

Born in Tripura, India, Dipa started gymnastics when she was only six years old. The gym that she practiced in had poor equipment and it would flood in the monsoon season. But all that did not deter Dipa from her goal of getting to the Olympics. 

"Initially, it was extremely difficult to reach the international stage but then finally, I qualified for the Commonwealth Games. On the day of the finals, my leg was badly swollen. Everyone advised me against doing the vault," Dipa said in a video. "But I had to do it, I had to take that risk, because only after doing the toughest vault would I win a medal."

Watch her interview with BBC below. 

We can't imagine who would forget about this badass woman from India.

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