The colossal World Cup victory signaled football’s integration into the great trajectory of Spanish women’s sport, which has run at a high level for decades and has enjoyed success across multiple disciplines. From pioneers such as Lili Álvarez, Blanca Fernández Ochoa and Joane Somarriba to the unimaginable achievements of the Barcelona hockey team in ’92 victories in water polo and handball, Carolina Marín, Mireia Belmonte, karate athlete Sandra Sánchez and walkers Maria Perez was crowned world champion yesterday in Budapest. Spanish athletes are in good health, and the football team’s victory itself is a reminder that the success of women’s football is the success of Spanish women’s sport, which is a global model in many disciplines, from athletics to sailing. These pages collect some of the great feats of women in this country over the past few years.
A great pioneer of women’s sport who became an Olympian in Chamonix.
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The best cyclist in Spanish history, Joane Somarriba, achieved this feat.
The first mentioned must always refer to the referent. Elia María González-Álvarez y López-Chicheri, better known as Lilí Álvarez (Rome, 1905-Madrid, 1998), was a great pioneer of women’s sports in Spain, a band that played a leading role in the Winter Olympics in Chamonix (France). ) to win the championship. In 1924, Spaniards participated in the Olympic Games for the first time. But it was tennis that kept him alive. She won the doubles title at Roland Garros in 1929 and reached the Wimbledon final three times (1926, 1927 and 1928).
After her, others are always ready to succeed and take a new step. Arancha Sanchez Vicario’s case at Roland Garros, Blanca Fernandez Ochoa’s victory in skiing…maybe like Blanca’s victory in skiing, Carolina Marin Victories in individual sports as unusual as Sandra Sanchez’s in karate are more appealing. Make way in unknown disciplines. But there are also feats of Basque women, such as Joane Somarriba, Spain’s greatest cyclist, and Edurne Pasaban, who was able to cover 148,000 metres.
Spain’s women’s track and field team needs a big Olympic success after winning European and world titles. In Sydney 2000, María Vasco opened the podium door with a bronze medal in the history of the 20km race walk, but it wasn’t until Rio 2016 that the most anticipated metal arrived. Of course, this achievement was achieved by the great leader of the ski resort, Ruth Beitia, who was a strong competitor and did not miss the chance to be crowned Olympic high jump champion. For now, she remains Spain’s only Olympic gold medalist in women’s athletics, although in Tokyo, Ana Pelettero became the third national athlete to reach an Olympic podium.
“I want to be the best in Europe, the best in the world and the Olympic champion. The best in everything,” says Carolina Marín at age 14. His wish came true. The Huelva woman won gold at Rio 2016 and is a five-time European champion and world champion in 2014, 2015 and 2018, accumulating victories in the world’s best championships. She was an “invader” in a sport dominated by Asians and Anglo-Saxons. She hasn’t put down her badminton racket since she was 8 years old, when she accompanied her friends to watch the game. She dropped out of flamenco classes, her mother (a dancer) signed her up, and started her career, rising to the top of the world rankings. He overcame two serious injuries to win the 2023 European Olympic title. “I can because I think I can” is the motto of the entire phenomenon.
The Spanish women’s basketball team is one of the strongest teams on the planet, and twenty years ago it was a utopia. He has grown from humble beginnings to the top. The first international award was a silver medal at the 1990 European Junior Championships. Soon after, Team Absolute began winning gold medals at the 1993 European Championships. The new millennium brought a rain of continental medals: bronze medals in 2001, 2003 and 2005 followed. In addition to silver in 2015, silver in 2007 and 2023, and gold in 2013, 2017 and 2019, the World Cup must add silver in 2014, bronze in 2010 and 2018 and Olympic silver in 2016 In Rio, low-level teams have accumulated dozens of medals in the European Cup and World Cup in recent years.
Women’s handball wouldn’t have the repercussions it has if it weren’t for the strong identity of a team able to break free from complex environments. The Warriors are an always fighting team with well-deserved support and they have had more international success than Spanish handball. Despite modest success with European clubs and with players leaving for stronger leagues, such as Aijoa Hernandez’s move from Barakal to Romania, the national team has earned the respect of their opponents. He won a silver medal at the 2019 World Cup, a European runner-up in 2008 and 2014, and an Olympic bronze medalist in 2012 under Bilbao’s Jorge Dueñas.
Women’s water polo’s silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics was a blockbuster. Spain has never participated in the Olympics before, only finishing second at the 2008 European Championships. Women’s water polo is new to men’s water polo, which has been award-winning since the days of Manel Estiate. The work of the club, especially the Catalans, came to fruition in London and went on to claim gold at the 2013 World Cup and Euro 2014. Under the leadership of Mickey Oka, the team won a silver medal at the 2020 Olympics and a silver medal at the World Championships. Cup champions in 2017 and 2019, Intercontinental champions in 2020 and 2022. He lost on penalties in the World Cup final last July.
Adriana Cerezo, just 17 years old, took silver in Tokyo. Had he not been kicked by Thailand’s Wongpattanakit three seconds before the end, he would have been on the verge of winning the gold medal. But the lady from Madrid is always smiling and promises happier lives in the years to come. She’s a boxer because her grandfather did “martial arts movies, Jackie Chan and Win Don” for her. Since there is a gym under the house…he had to concentrate on the Olympics while studying for EBAU, and everything went well: a silver medal and 13 points out of 14 in the exam. Martial arts have won Spain many women’s medals: three silvers in taekwondo, three golds and two bronzes in judo, and one silver in karate.
When Garbiñe Muguruza was declared Spanish Junior Champion in 2005, she had big goals. Born in Caracas, she trained at the Sergi Bruguera Academy and won French Open (2016) and Wimbledon (2017). He was a finalist at the 2015 London Olympics and the 2020 Australian Open. He reached world No. 1 in 2017, a feat previously achieved only by Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995), a three-time French Open champion and a U.S. Open champion. Her former coach Conchita Martinez, world number two (1995), Wimbledon champion (1994), Australian final (1998) and French Open final (2000), Spanish tennis player, has three Olympic medal and most individual championship wins (33).
Maialen Chourraut won a silver medal in canoe slalom at the 2020 Olympics. He did not arrive in Tokyo in top form due to his poor results in recent internationals. But thanks to many lessons learned during his long career, the then 38-year-old rower knew how to compete to win a medal that tasted like gold. In Japan, he had played conservatively in the previous heats and finished sixth in the final, but he did risk a podium finish. The Gipskoyan team has thus expanded its list of winners, which includes bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games and gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, silver and bronze medals at the World Cup, as well as a gold medal and two silver medals at the European Championships.
For 15 years, synchronized swimming, a sport that demands a lot of physical, technical and millimeter-level coordination, has brought great pleasure to Spanish swimming. Names such as Gemma Mengual and Ona Carbonell have been recognized by the public thanks to two silver medals, one for the team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Silver medal, as well as doubles silver and team bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. The Spanish women’s football team won three metal medals. Another name to shine in the pool for the 2023 World Cup is Mireia Belmonte, who was recommended for swimming at the age of four due to scoliosis. The woman from Badalona took the advice seriously until she won 4 Olympic medals, 16 World Cup medals (8 gold) and 24 European medals (13 gold).
The success of Lydia Valentín represents the best of Spanish weightlifting, a sport that has been played exclusively by men for more than 100 years, with the first women’s World Cup dating back to 1987 and until Sidney ( Sidney did not appear in women’s weightlifting. 2000. By then, Lydia Valentín, an 11-year-old girl from Leon, had started lifting weights and had given up basketball and track and field. Its discoverer, Isaac Álvarez, recommends weightlifting for petite, active people who live for the sport. Born in Ponferrada, Valentine won Olympic Gold (London 2012), Silver (Beijing 2008) and Bronze (Rio 2016) medals at lightning speed, as well as a World Cup 13 metals, 11 metals were obtained in Europe.
She was the first woman to conquer the planet’s 14 “eight thousand” peaks, peaks climbed only by a handful of adventurous athletes and denied to dozens of experienced climbers. Edurne Pasaban, who successfully summited Shishapangma on May 17, 2010, signed off on the feat. So the woman from Tolosa put her feminine stamp on a difficult goal that until now had been the preserve of men. He invested ten years and countless expeditions until he ruled the White Hell. He then suffered from mental problems, but as he did in the Himalayas, he overcame his greatest obstacles and now teaches companies how to reach higher.
To this day, Vizcay remains a great benchmark for Spanish cycling. All runners dream of getting close to what Joane Somarriba has achieved in her athletic career. No fewer than three Tour de France and two Giro d’Italia feature on the vast list of winners. In 1999, Somaliba made history for the first time, winning the Giro d’Italia. But in 2000, she went one step further, winning the Tour de France double and becoming the first Spanish rider to finish on the podium at a French race. He repeated this path on two other occasions, also winning in 2001 and 2003.
Maider Unda won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics, Spanish wrestling’s first Olympic medal. Such successes had a huge impact on the few disciplines that required physical and technical prowess in combat. A very tactical athlete, Uda had already won a bronze medal at the 2009 World Cup and a silver and two bronze medals at the European Championships, but an Olympic third put her game on the line. A great game. The medalist retired at the age of 39 to devote himself to his family and making cheese at the farmhouse.