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Meet Gaurika Singh - The 13-YO Nepal Earthquake Survivor Who's The Youngest Athlete At The Rio Olympics

A teenager from Nepal, just 13, is set to be the youngest competitor at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is Gaurika Singh, a backstroke swimmer, who is one of the seven athletes representing Nepal in the Summer Games this year. 

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Born in Nepal, Gaurika moved to London at the age of two. Last year, she lived through the earthquake that devastated Nepal, leaving nearly 9,000 dead. On Sunday, she will make her Olympics debut, in the heats of the 100m backstroke swimming event.
Already an international competitor, she studies in London and swims for English club Barnet Copthall. The prospect of participating in the biggest sporting extravaganza doesn't daunt her. 
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"That's quite cool, a bit unreal too," Singh said, having just competed in her local district championships for her school in Hertfordshire.
In April 2015, while back in Nepal for the national championships with her mother Garima and little brother Sauren, Singh recalls her experience of surviving the horrific earthquake.
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"It was terrifying. We were on the fifth floor of a building (in the capital Kathmandu) that we could not escape from, so we sheltered under a table for 10 minutes in the middle of the room and had to go down the stairs afterwards amid the aftershocks. Fortunately, it was a new building so it did not collapse like others around," Xinhua news agency quoted her as saying.
Gaurika started to compete in the Nepal championships at the age of 11. In one of Kathmandu's two 50-metre pools, she broke seven national records, prompting thoughts that she might make the Olympics. "I wanted to go but was not sure I would be able to because I would be too young," She said, adding, "When I found out a month ago, it was a big shock." 
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Her father Paras believes his daughter, who gets up at 4.00 a.m. each day to train, deserves her success. "She is special. It is unbelievable that she is the youngest Olympian in Rio and amazing how she copes with all the pressure," he told Xinhua.
"My dad is coming with me to Rio, and my grandparents and friends at school are really proud but they are really good at their own things," Gaurika said. 

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