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Injury Forces Spanish Weightlifting Star Lydia Valentin into Early Retirement

The injury suffered by Spanish weightlifter Valentin has shattered her dreams of competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the 21st century, anyone with an interest in sports is familiar with the name Lydia Valentin. A sudden injury has dashed her hopes of a future career, where the upcoming Olympic Games next year would have been a significant addition to her résumé.

Lydia Valentin at the High Performance Center in Madrid

Speaking of the Olympic Games, she had achieved a remarkable record of winning various medals and participating in several editions. There was also a memorable incident when, prior to Tokyo 2020, she sustained an injury but still continued to compete, ultimately securing only the tenth position.

This time, as she herself states, the injury is so severe that she can no longer participate in any global competitions.


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Nevertheless, this athlete is characterized by an exceptional spirit, and despite her serious injury, she managed to qualify for the IWF Grand Prix, held in Cuba.

 Lydia Valentin poses with her London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal during a ceremony held at the Spanish Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Madrid, Spain

She has also shared insights into her training regimen. Now, as she declares, she not only has to give her utmost effort in lifting heavier weights but also endure excruciating pain in the process.

Looking at the subsequent IWF championship held in Saudi Arabia, she was unable to perform at her best due to her health issues, resulting in her disqualification.

In Madrid, at the Olympic Committee’s headquarters, she officially announced her retirement from professional sports. She was bid farewell by numerous dignitaries associated with Spain’s sports scene.

Her future in sports remains uncertain. For now, she has no aspirations of becoming a coach, but at the same time, she plans to engage as many individuals as possible in the sport of weightlifting.

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
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I’m Tanya, and I just can’t do without fitness. About six years ago, I got into Olympic weightlifting and instantly fell in love with it. Weightlifting is like no other sport – it’s just you versus the bar. Driven by my unwavering passion for an active lifestyle, I’ve been eager to share my personal journey and sports enthusiasm with others. As a journalist and photographer, my interests come full circle, adding an extra dimension to the news column that I curate. This way, I keep my readers updated with the latest happenings in the sports world.

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