MADRID – Spain’s Carolina Marin, the reigning Olympic badminton gold medalist in women’s singles, said Thursday during a National Sports Council, or CSD, event in Madrid to promote women’s sports that she can always find time in her schedule for these kinds of initiatives.
“I’ve very grateful to the CSD and Iberdrola (her sponsor) for their support, because women need that push and we’re going to have it,” said Marin, who has recovered from the thigh injury and gastroenteritis that hampered her performance at last month’s Denmark Open, one of five Superseries events on the badminton calendar.
Marin lost in the semifinals of that event to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, the eventual winner.
“I forced it a little, but this week I’m back training and I’m now eager for the next tournament I have in China,” the 23-year-old said, referring to the China Open, which will run from Nov. 15-20 and also is a Superseries Premier event.
Marin says she is very demanding of herself and ready to give her best at her upcoming tournaments, including the Superseries Finals in Dubai in mid-December and next year’s World Championships and European Championships.
“It’s very tough because the level is higher all the time, but I’ll have a lot of chances and I want to win (those big events),” she said.
“The difficult part is staying on top,” said Marin, who also won the 2014 and 2015 World Championships.
She acknowledged that her life has “completely” changed since winning Olympic gold.
“I don’t go unnoticed anymore. For me, it’s a source of pride because when people know me it means they know my sport. And especially the messages I get about kids playing badminton with their parents, they give me goosebumps,” she said.