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1/ From practicing with broken hockey sticks to leading the Indian women's hockey team in a historic triumph at #TokyoOlympics, #RaniRampal has come a long way.

Rani’s mother worked as a domestic help, her father was a cart-puller who earned around Rs 80 a day.
2/ Inspired by the players she would see at a nearby hockey academy, she too decided to take up the sport. However, her father could not afford to buy her a hockey stick, so she practiced with a broken one.
3/ In an exclusive interview with The Better India, she said, “I grew up in a place where young women and girls were restricted to the four walls of their home. So, when I expressed my wish to play hockey, neither my parents nor my relatives supported me..."
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1/ “Years of hard work have paid off,” a beaming #GurjitKaur told the media after hitting the winning goal against Australia in the quarter-finals at #TokyoOlympics.

Drag flicker Gurjit was born in a farmer’s family in Miadi Kalan in Amritsar.
2/ She and her sister spent most of years in her village, where she didn’t know even know what hockey was, let alone playing the sport.
It was only when she moved to a boarding school 70 km away that she was first introduced to hockey.
3/ Gurjit knew nothing about the game, so she would spend the whole day watching the other girls play. This is what made her want to excel at the game.
Hockey soon became her passion.
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1/ This is Savita "The Wall" Punia. She managed to save all the nine shots directed at her by world no. 2 Australia, a mighty unbeaten opponent.

And that's how Savita's heroics helped India stun Australia 1-0 to reach their first-ever Olympics semi-finals.
2/ Yet few know that, as a young girl, Savita used to travel 30 km six times every week from her village (Jodhkan) to Maharaja Agrasain Girls Senior Secondary School in Sirsa to hone her hockey skills.
3/ This school was the only place around her village that had hockey coaches as well as training infrastructure. Interestingly, before Savita, no one in her family had ever taken up any sport as a career.
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