Carolina Marín

Carolina Marín

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Updated On September 23, 2022
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Carolina Marín is a professional badminton player from Spain. Moreover, Carolina Marin is an Olympic gold medalist, three-time World Champion, six-time European Champion, and former World Number 1 in the BWF rankings for women’s singles, having held the title for 66 weeks.

Early Life

Carolina María Marín Martín best known as Carolina Marín was born on the 15th of June, 1993, in Huelva, Andalusia, Spain. According to her birth date, she is 29 years old and holds Spanish nationality.

Moreover, she has a birth sign of Gemini and belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity. And she believes in Christianity by religion. She is the daughter of Gonzalo Marin Pérez (father) and Antonia Martin Romera (mother).

Her mother was a Flamenco Dancer, so she followed in her mother’s footsteps before becoming a badminton player. However, there is no information regarding her siblings. Her interest in badminton switched at the age of eight after a friend introduced it to her.


In terms of her academic background, Marín has not made any public statements concerning her educational credentials. Furthermore, we might believe she has a degree from a well-known Spanish institution.

Relationship Status

Talking about her personal life, she is currently single and unmarried. But in past, she was in a relationship with her boyfriend, Alejandro. There is no exact information regarding why they broke up. At moment, this badminton player is not a part of controversy or rumors.


Carolina Marn made her international badminton debut in 2005 in the international U15 tournament in Brussel. She began her professional badminton career in 2009, after winning the European U17 Championship and the U19 European Championship.

Similarly, she became the first Spanish badminton player to win both gold and silver medals. She then took part in the 2013 Asian Cup. She produced remarkable achievements with the Indian teams from Banglore in the inaugural season of the Badminton Indian League, due to her inherent and tenacious skills.

Later that year, she became the first Spanish badminton player to win the Grand Prix Gold title when she won the London Grand Prix Gold tournament.

Major Achievements

She experienced her first taste of badminton career success in the 2014 World Championship in Copenhagen. As the ninth-seeded player, she defeated China’s Li Xuerui, the world’s top player and gold medalist.

In the World Championships, she overcame the Chinese player and became the first Spaniard to take the gold medal. Furthermore, she won the European Championship in April 2014 at the age of 21 and became the third female European to earn the gold medal.

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Caption: Carolina Marín playing a badminton match (Source: Instagram)

She won her native Spain’s first major badminton championships with her wins. She also made history by becoming the youngest player from Europe to win the World Championship. This player also received a bronze medal for the Royal Order of Sports Merit of the year in Spain.

Other Achievements

After unseating Chinese opponent Li Xuerui, she positioned herself as the Number 1 player in the Super Series rankings in March 2015. She defeated Li Xuerui once more in April to claim her second consecutive victory in the super series.

Marin won the Australian Open the following month by defeating Wang Shixian of China. After beating Tee Jing Yi, Pai Yu-Po, and Wang Shixian to win the World Championships in Jakarta in June 2015, she became a cultural icon.

This badminton player also won the new title in the French Open in October, continuing her winning streak.

Rio Olympics and European Championships

She competed for Spain for the first time in the Olympics in Rio. She competed in the Olympics to win gold. She defeated the Scottish Kirsty Gilmour in the French city, earning the title of Champion of Europe before the Olympics.

She changed the course of the match, defeated PV Sindhu, the world champion, in 83 minutes, and made history.

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Caption: Carolina Marín with her gold medal (Source: Instagram)

She defeated Asia’s supremacy in the Olympics by becoming the first non-Asian champion. Similar to this, she defeated Scottish Kirsty Gilmour to win the 2017 European Championship for the third time in a row.

She defeated He Bengjiao of China in the same year and went on to win the Japanese open super series championship.

BWF World Championships

By defeating Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the Huelva European Championships in 2018, she earned her fourth straight European Championship title.

Then, on August 5, Carolina defeated PV Sindhu in the BWF World Championship match that was taking place in Nanking, China, with scores of 21-19, 21-10, in just 46 minutes. She becomes the first female athlete in history to triple-win the World Championship title.

Injuries and comeback

She started her 2019 season by finishing second in the Malaysia Masters, where she was defeated by Ratchanok Intanon in a single set.  On January 27, she, who had a 10-3 lead after the first game of the Indonesia Masters final versus Saina Nehwal, ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

She later withdrew from the game and had ACL multiple surgeries the moment she was returned to Madrid the next day. She underwent physical and technical rehabilitation for four months, spending ten hours a day.

After being out for eight months due to the injury, she returned to compete in September at the 2019 Vietnam Open but lost to Supanida Katethong in the first round. She was able to recover, though, and on September 22 she won the China Open by defeating Tai Tzu-Ying by the scores of 14-21, 21-17, and 21-18 in the finals.

In 2021

She defeated World Number 1 Tai Tzu-Ying in two easy games to win the Thailand Open Super 1000 tournament, her first victory of the year. She defeated young Dane Line Christophersen in the final to become the first athlete to win five straight championships at the European Championships.

She was supposed to defend her title in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo but was forced to retire after suffering a knee injury while training in June.

Net Worth

As a badminton player, she has earned fame and money in her profession. Likewise, her net worth estimates at around $3.5 million.

Brand Endorsement

Carolina Marín is now the brand ambassador to promote Spain’s premier division soccer league – La Liga – in the country. She has already participated in a meet and greet to advertise La Liga.

Body Measurements

Carolina stands 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 65 kg. Moreover, she had black hair with blackish brown eyes and there is no other information regarding her other body stats.

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Caption: Carolina Marín during a photoshoot (Source: Instagram)

Social Media

On her Instagram, there are more than 436k followers. Likewise, there are more than 232k followers on Facebook and more than 190.5k followers on Twitter.

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