Juvenile aggression got this small-town tomboy into sport, but discipline booked her ticket to London. "It might be a combat sport, but knowing how to rein in one's aggressive streak is the key to judo," says the Meerut-based Garima Chaudhary, the only Indian judoka who will be in action at the Olympics.
For a girl hailing from a conservative part of the country, Chaudhary had it easy. With a hockey coach for an uncle and a boxer for a cousin, convincing her family was not an issue. What about societal objections? "Even if the neighbours did say something, my parents never told me," laughs the 22-year-old.
Chaudhary is headed to Germany and France for exposure camps in the lead-up to the Games. So, what should India expect? Referring to her win over a top-ranked Belarusian at the World Cup in February, the young judoka says, "It all boils down to what you do in the bout. I'm all set to spring a surprise."