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Patricia Garcia: Spanish rugby's taliswoman

Published 1841 GMT (0241 HKT) February 2, 2017
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After taking up rugby late in life, Patricia Garcia has become the star of the Spanish women's sevens team. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images South America/Getty Images
The 27-year-old helped her team to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics, a feat matched by the country's men's side. KARIM SAHIB/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A 19-10 win over Kenya was enough for "The Lionesses" to qualify for the quarterfinals in Rio as one of the best third-placed teams, at the expense of host nation Brazil. David Rogers/Getty Images South America/Getty Images/file
However, Spain lost 24-0 to eventual champion Australia before settling for seventh out of the 12 teams, after beating Fiji 21-0 in a playoff. David Rogers/Getty Images South America/Getty Images/file
Garcia has played a key role for Spain in both the sevens and 15-a-side formats. She took part at the latter's 2014 World Cup, and has also helped Spain qualify for the 2017 tournament. David Rogers/Getty Images South America/Getty Images
The game has allowed her to travel the world, and she spent two seasons in New Zealand playing for provincial team Waikato. Joel Ford/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images/file
Garcia tried rugby for the first time at university -- where she attained a sports science degree -- and fell in love with every aspect of the game, from running to tackling. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
After fulfilling her dream of appearing at the Olympics, Garcia is unsure of whether to target a place at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images South America/Getty Images