Carolina López Rodríguez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López  and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.
Carolina López Rodríguez
Personal information
Nationality Spanish
Country  Spain
Sport Sailing

Carolina López Rodríguez is a Spanish adaptive sailor who has represented Spain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics where she came away with a Paralympic diploma.


López is a tetraplegic as a result of an accident and only has functionality from the chest up.[1] In March 2011, she was part of a delegation who went to the Zarzuela Palace and were received by Felipe de Marichalar y Borbón and Letizia, Princess of Asturias. It was part of a wider program aimed at integration of people with disabilities in Spanish society through sports.[2][3] In 2012, she was a 36 year graduate student in business.[1]


Following her accident, López met people associated with Fundación También who encouraged her to try a number of sports including cycling, skiing and sailing. Fernando Alvarez Ortiz de Urbina was the one who encouraged her to take up the sport of sailing more seriously.[1] The pair were not confident they would qualify for London but decided to take part in qualifying tests anyway and were pleasantly surprised to qualify for the Games.[1]

López left for London from Madrid in late August.[4][5] She competed in the Mixed Two Person SKUD18 event at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, where she did not medal.[6][7][8][9] In two sessions, the pair finished in seventh place.[10] The pair earned a Paralympic diploma. It was the best performance ever by Spanish sailors.[11] In December 2012, they were recognised for their elite sportsmenship by the Union of Sports Federations Madrid.[11]


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  2. ^ "Los Príncipes de Asturias apoyan la integración de discapacitados a través del deporte" (in Spanish). Spain: Diario Femenino. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Los Príncipes apoyan la integración de discapacitados a través del deporte" (in Spanish). Spain: 15 March 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Parten a Londres los paralímpicos españoles de esgrima, remo, tiro olímpico y vela" (in Spanish). Spain: Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Los paralímpicos españoles de esgrima, remo, tiro olímpico y vela partirán este miércoles a Londres — Deportes -" (in Spanish). Spain: El Periódico de Aragón. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "IPC Historical Results Database". Germany: International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Paco Llobet y Carolina LĂłpez/Fernando Ă lvarez participarán en los Juegos ParalĂmpicos : NĂĄutica" (in Spanish). Spain: Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Resiliencia, gestión del naufragio. LID Editorial. 1 June 2013. p. 134. ISBN 978-84-8356-505-6. 
  9. ^ "Vela/Londres.- Paco Llobet y Carolina López/Fernando Álvarez participarán en los Juegos Paralímpicos — Terra España" (in Spanish). Spain: 8 June 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Españoles en Londres / Día 7 Paralímpicos" (in Spanish). Spain: 3 May 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Carolina López y Fernando Ă lvarez, mejores regatistas de Madrid : Náutica" (in Spanish). Spain: 31 December 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2014.