While most teenagers spend their summer relaxing, spending time with their friends, or maybe working a summer job, 15 year-old Adriana Diaz is currently competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Diaz made her Olympic debut today with a win over six-time Olympian, Nigeria’s Olofunke Oshonaike, 11-7, 7-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-5 and 11-2. Not only is she one of the youngest table tennis players at the Rio Olympics, Diaz is one of the youngest in Olympic history; Sally Yee from Fiji is younger than her by about 6 months.
Already a promising table tennis athlete before reaching the Olympic stage, Diaz was labeled a prodigy in 2015. The Puerto Rican native has been playing table tennis since she was 4 years old, according to Indice PR, and most recently won a bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games and two gold, one silver, and one bronze at the 2014 Central American Games.
In 2015, she also won singles gold in Croatia at the Croatia Junior & Cadet Open (U-15). By adding this victory to a previous win from only days before, Diaz became the first Latin American player to win both U-15 and U-18 in a ITTF approved tournament, El Nuevo Dia reports. That same year, Diaz was the highest ranked Latin American table tennis player according to the International Federation at just 14 years old.
With many years of playing ahead of her, and potential Olympic appearances in the future, Diaz is showing that hard work and dedication pay off at any age.
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