Valentina Raposo, the smallest of Las Leonas: presence, resilience, goal and medal in her Olympic debut


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Valentina Raposo, the smallest of Las Leonas: presence, resilience, goal and medal in her Olympic debut

Valentina Raposo is 18 years old and the youngest of the Las Leonas squad that stood on the Olympic podium at the Tokyo Olympics. With the final included, she has only 10 international matches with the jersey of the hockey major team and is the second youngest Argentine athlete in history to hang a medal, behind none other than Gabriela Sabatini (silver in Seoul 1988)

The Salta native is the pride of Popeye Baseball Club and her debut with the team led by Carlos Chapa Retegui was on April 4, 2021 against Germany, months before traveling to Japan.

Valentina started in the turbulent debut against New Zealand and started on the bench against Spain, China and Japan. Then she returned to the starting eleven, in a game that she will remember due to a defensive failure and the empathetic gesture of her teammates who ran to hug her and put her on her feet soon.

After that bad moment, Rapi (as they say on campus) quickly recovered. In that meeting he continued to move the ball without fear, from one side to the other challenging the Australian blockade. Such was the attitude of the Salta that did not shake her pulse to take over a short corner against Germany and score her first Olympic goal.

With his furious punch, Raposo did not shrink when it came to varying when Gorzelavy or Barrionuevo did not execute their patented dragging.

When Argentina played its first definition in history in Sydney 2000, she had not yet been born and in the second opportunity, which was in London 2012, Valentina was 9 years old. In 2021 he started when Las Leonas overtook India in the semifinals and secured a place on the podium. And he will be able to tell all his life that he played an Olympic final and hung a medal in his first Games.


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