At midnight on August 14 2016, a nation was united in cheering for a young Indian at the Olympics. She finished 4th in the Vaults finals, but no matter how much she lost by, it was clear that Dipa Karmakar had won India’s heart and fired up fresh interest in the condition of sports in the country.
Dipa is not only the first Indian female gymnast at the Olympics, but the first Indian gymnast in 52 years! She is also one of the only five female athletes in the world to successfully perform the ‘Produnova’ or ‘vault of death’ – an extremely difficult gymnastics vault.
These Tweets show that people had Dipa’s back, no matter what!
@DipaKarmakar winning a medal isn't as important as creating a history. You have inspired millions.
— Chandrajit Mitra (@cjmitraofficial) August 15, 2016
— Vivek Sengupta (@vsengupta) August 15, 2016
— #ShreyasRao (@iAmShreyasRao) August 15, 2016
— Bal Krishna Gupta (@Baalkeeg) August 15, 2016
@dipakarmakar you introduced millions to this sport. you are truly a hero. so proud of you. 🙂
— swarna kumari (@me_swarna) August 15, 2016
Dipa Karmakar you are my hero !
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 14, 2016
Congratulations #DipaKarmakar you have made your country and your people proud Jai hind 🎉!
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 15, 2016
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 15, 2016
Its not about winning medals. Its about breaking through all stereotypes n proving u are there with the best, u inspire us all #DipaKarmakar
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) August 14, 2016
— AKRITI KAKAR (@AKRITIMUSIC) August 15, 2016
To continue showing your support for Dipa and our other amazing athletes, join Youth Ki Awaaz’s #CheerForIndia campaign! Just singing the national anthem or saluting the tricolour doesn’t cut it anymore, we need to back the people who’ve carried the flag all the way to Rio!
A short video wishing our athletes well is all you need to make! Send to us and we’ll take it to them.
To send your videos:
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Also take a look at some of the videos sent to us by people across India!