Sanita Puspure’s Olympic dream is a lesson in perseverance

A lot of the Olympic profiles you’ll read ahead of Tokyo highlight athletes dominating their sports from young ages, destined for success, looking to cement their legacies at the 2021 games. Things are a little different for 39-year-old Irish rower Sanita Puspure, an inspiration to anyone who saw a dream, watched it slip away, and did everything to get it back.

Puspure’s rowing career began in her native Latvia in 2003, when she was an accomplished junior rower with a long career ahead of her. Relocating to Ireland with her husband, Puspure was successful by Irish standards, but failed to make an impact on the world stage throughout her

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