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How Carolina Marin Defeated Asia’s Badminton Domination | Game Breakers

How Carolina Marin Defeated Asia’s Badminton Domination | Game Breakers


History being made. The world number one. For the first time ever, we’ve got a Spanish player. Chinese players have been
dominant in this event. But no longer. Her speed of shot,
speed of movement. speed around the court… No other female athlete
from her country has ever won. The left-handed Spaniard… Carolina Marin. (GAME BREAKERS) (CAROLINA MARIN, SPAIN) (GOLD MEDAL, BADMINTON,
DOB 15 JUNE 1993) I am Carolina Marin. I am 24 years old
and I am from Huelva. I played badminton
for the first time when I was eight years old. When I got to the court
and saw the elongated racket, that sort of flounce
with feathers – I liked it a lot. And that’s where everything
started. After that, I got really
hooked on badminton. After two or three days,
she wanted a racket. “A racket?” Honestly,
we didn’t have any idea about what it was for,
how to use it or anything. What was that flounce
and the feathers? And her father didn’t know
either, I’m telling you. When I was 12 years old,
that’s when I had to choose between flamenco and
badminton. And I think it was very clear
to me because with badminton, I enjoyed myself and even
started to stand out. But it was difficult
to quit flamenco because I’ve danced
since I was three, since I was very little. And I’ve like it
my entire life. The day that I eventually
retire from badminton, I will start dancing again
because I love it. I went to watch her at
a 15-and-under tournament in Spain. At the match, I could see that
she was extraordinary, especially for
a 13-year-old Spaniard. And I emphasise that she
was Spanish because it is a significant fact. She was very fast and had
a lot of strength and power, but there were technical
details that needed to be worked on a lot because she did not move
that well on the court. But you could see that
she definitely had potential. I remember my first
conversation with my coach, Fernando.
He asked me, “What do you want to achieve
as a badminton player?” And I said that I wanted to be
the best out of everyone. European champion. World champion.
Olympic champion. And number one in the world. (IN 2007, CAROLINA MOVED TO
MADRID, SPAIN (TO TRAIN FULL-TIME WITH COACH
FERNANDO RIVAS) I come from a very
small city. When I came to Madrid
at age 14, the city felt so big to me –
it was overwhelming. It was a moment
I will never forget. And I will always be grateful
to my parents for that. because I am an only child. For my father, it was like,
how could his little girl go 600km away from home? I asked them to let me
have this opportunity, that it was once
in a lifetime. I wanted them
to let me go. On the way,
there were very few words. We were so nervous and the trip was
really, really hard. It’s much different for
a 14-year-old Olympic athlete in Spain than it is
for one in China. There is a lot more work to do because we don’t have as long of an Olympic tradition
in the sport. In Spain, we don’t have
a club system that helps players grow. And we do not have a system
competitive enough to properly challenge
all of the players. We need to be innovative
and dig deep within ourselves in order to make gains,
both as players and coaches. Fernando Rivas completely
changed my life. On top of being my coach, he has been like a father
to me. Having to come to Madrid
alone, without my family or friends, was a big change for me. Fernando was the person
who was always there for me. Man, Carolina to me,
has been like a daughter because she arrived
as a very innocent 14-year-old little girl. She was like a rebellious
teenager that I had to orientate and guide. And now, she is turning
into a woman with her very own clear
ideas about life. My daughter respects
Fernando so much, that what Fernando says
is like the law. I left my daughter
in his hands and, man, she is such a great woman. My first Olympic Games
as a coach was in Peking and it created a big change
in my life. It was such a big motivation
for me. And I remember that it
was a doubles match, the final match for doubles,
and it was a beautiful game. I was watching the game with
a friend and I said to him, “Being in a final
must be brutal. “I want to be
in a final.” (IMMEDIATELY UPON RETURNING TO
MADRID FROM BEIJING 2008 (FERNANDO PRESENTED
IN STRATEGIC PLAN (TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AND COACHES (AT THE SPANISH BADMINTON
FEDERATION) People left the meeting
saying, “Fernando is crazy.
I mean, this is impossible. “We cannot win.
We are Spain.” But, so goes. I think that
it also motivated me. I have always been
very hard-headed and I have always like
proving people wrong. (BY 2009, CAROLINA MADE HISTORY (BY WINNING SPAIN’S FIRST
UNDER-17 EUROPEAN JUNIOR TITLE) (2014 BWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS,
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK) She’s done it! The European champion is now the World champion. And Carolina Marin is
overwhelmed by emotion. After she saluted the referees,
she starts coming over to me. And as she gets closer,
she tells me, “You are the best,
you are the best.” I tell her, “No, we are
the best. You have won.” (CAROLINA DEFENDED HER WORLD
TITLE IN 2015 (AND BECAME THE FIRST EUROPEAN
WOMAN TO DO SO) To begin with, what we did
not do was to hide… ..we did not hide
our intentions to win. Being number one seed and
two-time champion of the world, it would be foolish to approach
the Olympic games and say, “I am just going to try best,”
or, “I am just going to try
to give it my all.” No. We came to win.
We came to win. And if we don’t win, we will
figure out why we didn’t. (CAROLINA FACED OFF AGAINST
THE 2012 OLYMPIC CHAMPION (LI XUERUI IN THE SEMI-FINAL) The semi-final against
Xuerui was great, except for the second set
in which she lost her focus. To my family – I love you!
Here we go, Spain! Let’s get a medal! The final was more or less
the same. She did have a little
distraction at the end of the first set, which she
thought she had under control. But then Sindhu started to
use the net more intelligently and Carolina got stuck there. I know that she is annoyed
because she has lost a set. Carolina lost the set herself.
Sindhu did not win it over her. She lost it because she
got distracted, lost focus, and forgot the game plan. I have to use empathy
in that moment. I cannot get angry. So, we opt to have a chat
in order to gain a bit more motivation, a more emotional chat
to remind her of her roots. I reminded her of when
she arrived to Madrid at 14 years old
and I told her… ..”Remember that little girl. “That little girl still
believes in you. “Don’t get yourself down. “Keep moving forward. You know
the game plan perfectly. “So, let’s get to it.” And she started winning
by 11-2. She just needed the
reassurance that she can win. That is utterly brilliant, guiding the shuttle
across court. That is perfect. And six match-point
opportunities to become the Olympic
champion. All of a sudden, the other
Spaniards who were there realised that we might do
something that no-one in our country has done
before, to do something that only
the Asians have done before. We could not sit down.
We were in our seats, but we could not sit. We were too nervous to sit. The last point was a… I have never seen
a tsunami. But they say that the sea
recedes so that the waves come in and destroy
everything. That’s what it felt like. Carolina Marin,
the European champion, the World champion,
and now, she is the Olympic champion. The enormity of what
she’s just achieved, the first ever gold
in the women’s singles to a European player. As Carolina Marin dissolves
into tears, the celebration with
her own coaches, Fernando Rivas, who has
masterminded her development into the world’s very,
very best player. History being made because,
for the first time ever, we’ve got a Spanish player. After winning the last point,
I fell to the ground and remembered all
of these difficult moments – training sessions that would
leave me crying, nights in which
I could not sleep because my body was
totally exhausted. When I was waiting to step up
onto the podium, the first thing that crossed
my mind was that I had finally achieved
my dream. But once I was on the podium,
I just wanted to enjoy myself. That was my moment,
my special moment. And I also have to think
about my family, who was there with me, and my coach who was
by my side. And in the end, we achieved
everything together as a team. It wasn’t only Carolina
who had to restructure her personal life in regards to
family, friends, studies, etc, to make it compatible
with her big dream. I also had to do it. There has been a lot of
collateral damage to my personal space
within my life. They are decisions that I have
made because I believed that what I had planned
was possible, but I believed that
an enormous sacrifice had to be made in order
to attain it. I’ll never forget the way my daughter was welcomed back
home. It was so emotional. There were so many there
to support her. Everyone was applauding
and cheering for her. This was an unforgettable
moment. The biggest honour that
Huelva gave my daughter was to name a sporting arena
after her. The Sports Palace
of Carolina Marin. It’s beautiful. In Spain, badminton is
recognised and respected a lot more now. The press, the media,
and even people in the street know what badminton is
and talk about it. It used to be only Asian
players in the top ten and there would be three
or four Chinese players in the top five. So, how would a European
player, let alone a Spaniard, even get there? And step by step,
Carolina started climbing and then she started winning. And now she is
the wall for Asia. We have been able to break
down barriers, doors, walls, and we have garnered respect
in the badminton world. Now, when we travel to Asia,
we are no longer the outsiders from Spain. Now, they respect us,
they acknowledge us. It is a good feeling. It has been difficult
to get here and maintaining it
has been hard. For me, it has been very
difficult trying to keep myself
emotionally focused on achieving the highest possible
level throughout the years. I think that for her,
on a physical, mental – almost every level –
it has been very hard. It’s been very difficult
because badminton has never been very popular
in Spain or even in Europe. And now the fact that a girl
from Huelva, from the outskirts
of Spain, can suddenly rise to be
the best in the world, I think that’s profound,
but also quite nice.

Comments (100)

  1. No ! No ! No …..there is no domination by her ….every one have equal chances …..she never dominated Asia ….yes she won but she never dominated

  2. I am inspired by Carolina Marin

  3. España!!! Vamossss!!!

  4. All England….where are the england?

  5. But it was Indian Saina Nehwal who broke chinese hegemony

  6. Now… I think that getting sporty is tough😊😥

  7. Eres la mejor del mundo y lo serás lo que as hecho no está en el alcance de muchas estoy súper orgulloso de ti suerte en tu vida felicidades por todo campeona.

  8. I Love Carolina Marine Game

  9. despite what you may say about her on-the-court attitude, you have to admire her david-goliath struggle against all odds to achieve all that she has. Asian countries have to take a hard look at themselves and learn from her experience and success.

  10. This proves that greatness can come from anywhere… but it still takes a load of hard work and sacrifice to achieve it.

  11. Well, bring her with another female badminton player and play against The Minions !!!!!!!! HAHAHA

  12. Ruin it the Asian players

  13. Marin olympic champion and 3 time world champion real legend !!

  14. Your dream is come true marim
    3 wbc
    1 olympic

  15. finally can see tiki-taka on badminton game

  16. when I see Marin.. I always remember her screams…

  17. I AM a cop and was working there…. We took a photo with The Gold Medalha ….Iwill never forget

  18. She ain't gonna win It in 2020.. Sindhu for the Win 🥇

  19. That very finals were etched in all of 🇮🇳as too sat anxiously, finger crossed n as sindhu won the 1st set we cheered haul as if whole of 🇮🇳 knew victory n history is just too close n yet too far. Isnt it amazing as whole of 🇪🇸 cheered for Marin we were sad yet proud of our champion Sindhu. i remember people here in India cheered sindhu n congratulated Carolina Marin with tear in there eyes. yes thats sports they brought us closer. they brought 🇮🇳 closer to 🇪🇸.

  20. Yeah. Women's Badminton is real tough to break, probably why it is always less diverse than the Men's.

  21. Holla from Indonesia 🤗🇮🇩

  22. Anyone knows who's the commentator in the beginning of the video? Every badminton match of consequence I can remember has her doing commentary.

  23. Indonesia got first gold medal from badminton (women single), and we hope will get the gold medal again from WS in japan. You're inspiring us marin. An european athlete in asia dominated sport. So great. ♡

  24. Massive respect for her, hardwork with good guidance always pays off. Fan from India.

  25. I hate her screaming ,its so annoying besides that she is a fantastic player.

  26. She is so rude to lixuerui in Rio Olympic,do not like her

  27. she is good for European player. ..keep it up ….marin

  28. History all country success cause Indonesia coach, Indonesia is king of world badminton

  29. She got caught with dopping btw, nice video anyway.

  30. Spaniard in badminton?? What year is this? 😀

    I hope badminton will be more recognized world widely in the next future

  31. Can't stop my tears.. good luck dear still u r champion

  32. Carolina es la única jugadora occidental capaz de desafiar al poder asiático en badminton.

  33. She is good, no doubt,but she is also annoying on court. Showing no respect to her opponents.N0 SPORTSMANSHIP AT All.

  34. Inspirational indeed!

  35. Watched this twice. Cried both times. What a top top player.

  36. She screams to intimidate opponents. She and her coach are proud of this? Seriously?

  37. pelatihnya marin cakep banget ya

  38. Your my greatest inspiration Marin! I love youuuuuu!

  39. Great Carolina.!!
    congrats.

  40. This video available in English-language?

  41. first…Winners from espana ever

  42. Marin won unethically by screaming at her opponents amounting to intimidation. The most unethical, a cheat, and unsporting badminton player in the world – CAROLINA MARIN

  43. I'm Indonesian but watching this video is very touced. I cannot hide my tears to see how she is very struggle to pursue her dream. Your country is very proud for having you, Marin.

  44. I'm not a spaniard but I cried watching this video. She is so inspiring. I like her efforts to unblock all barriers heading her way. People can recognise her presence on the court by her scream and now she is 3x badminton world champion. I also like seeing her domination in WS. I want to see her in final againsts TTY. I think it'll be great.

  45. to see a girl from europe win all major tournaments of badminton for the last decade is a feast for our eyes. i see a hope in other sport that asian can do the same way except for soccer/football lol

  46. i hope spain meet indonesian someday😊

  47. What a "scream" girl….. 😋

  48. She's fighting Girl

  49. Lol tau tzu ying just dominated the event lol

  50. respect from Indonesia

  51. Thank God, She's not American, they'll have dubbed her the greatest ever to have played the sport, very pathetic

  52. Sadly for us, Carolina's biggest moment came against our own Sindhu.But she is a very good player and I'm her fan.

  53. Marin at the top did not last long….

  54. she breaks the record, 3 times BWF world champions, won Olympic and destroy Asia's domination, has outstanding performance. I hope more European players come out and compete with. Because I believe this sport is not just for us (Asian) but also for all people who loves it. 😆

  55. denmark has had their badminton tradition, and they have showed them to other european countries. and UK, the country where the Thomas Cup was born doesn't even have any good badminton athletes anymore. the next european badminton olympic gold medallist apparently comes from Spain. great to see europeans have more interests in badminton now especially spain, a country with literally no world badminton traditions until Carolina Marin. i hope you spaniards can build something out of her achievement and win super series premier trophies with more great players.

    as an indonesian badminton fan, i really want to see more great european badminton athletes in the future. let's bring more prestige to this sport.

  56. Yaa.. you inspiring us. Great motivating for me. Salam dari Indonesia.

  57. Good coach, good player 👍

  58. You are so amazing Carolina Marin. Love much from Philippines

  59. "the enormity of what she's just achieved"

    "enormousness" , dummy.

    Why would one, unless you're this chick's opponent , characterize her victory as an 'enormity'?

  60. She is flatter than the ironing board in my house.

  61. I dont think she realizes that the reason she won is because she is a left hander. Left handers hand-eye coordination are about 3% faster than right handed athletes that's a scientific fact.

  62. It's so inspiring. She is one of my favourite woman player when in that time only her can defeat China's woman player

  63. Congratulation Carolina Marin from Spain but Danish/Denmark have a best Badminton Team in europe…😍😍😍😍😍

  64. Denmark also defeated asian's badminton domination.

  65. 11:31 it feels like watching a MotoGP podium (the national anthem)

  66. 2:06 that shuttle is the one Carolina got gold Medel

  67. Muy bien españa. We haven't heard european players that weren't Scandinavian or British. Lots of credit to Fernando. It's hard being an athlete of such unpopular sport but it's even harder to be a coach of unpopular sport!!

  68. As a Chinese I congratulate her.

  69. 😭😭😭😭😭 well done carolina marin you are the only ☝️ in 🌍 who is a true owner of this Olympic 🥇

  70. Spanis and denmark i mean, they all has good skill in badminton

  71. Asian player will be comeback… its desire bosku

  72. Im Chinese kinda painful to watch

  73. I cried at the 10 minute mark!

  74. Nothing better that makes me happier than watching a Badminton "World's Underrated Sport" winning by a player from other side of badminton world(China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea etc). Badminton deserve better place in the world of sport.

  75. Nice video,, 👍👍👍

  76. I came back watching this again after I got the news about her getting ACL injury and it broke my heart. I witnessed her falling down in the middle of her final match against Nehwal at Indonesia Masters 2019 and I wish I could run down entering the court and give her a hug 💔 speed recovery, Marin.

  77. After watching this video, I really respect Carolina Marin and her struggle and ambition. I think i understand her a bit better now, even though I don't really enjoy her screaming on court ^^''

  78. 12/2/2019 get well soon marin , come on top ,come back stronger

  79. orang indonesia ada di mana mana yoo . yang orang indonesia like dong !!1

  80. All the best to all the athletes and much respect to their hardwork!

  81. Carolina Marin is living legend. Love from Indonesia 🥰

  82. Carolina marin my role model one if the best player in the whole world TOP PLAYER hatss off .Salute to its my biggest dream to meet you atleast one time in my life

  83. Even hats of to her coach who gave full concentration to her and to find out spark in her hats off to both of you

  84. Carolina Marin. One of the best players ever.

  85. HASIL DARI KERJA KERAS

  86. Now we can called her Legend…

  87. I think no one else can beat your record like for next 100 years

  88. 0:22 "Chinese players have been dominant in this event. But no longer." Shiver down my spine. Somehow reminded me lotr.

  89. Go go go Carolina for Tokyo 2020 !!

  90. What an amazing young woman. I hope her hard work and dedication to something so many thought impossible has shown to the young people in Spain that they can be anything they want, only if they work hard. Not everyone will even succeed at what they attempt, but without attempting, you never know just how far you can go, and how high you will achieve.

  91. I am in love with her

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