Sprinting through the impressively long list of titles and trophies the young Catalan has already notched up, you have to keep reminding yourself that Maria is—still—a mere 18 years old! She is already, and by a long stretch, Spain’s best-ever female heptathlete, having broken no less than 53 Spanish records and being crowned World Champion Under 18 Heptathlon (in 2017) before striking Gold at last year’s European U-18 Championships, not to mention finding time to bring home the World Record U-18 Heptathlon.
Now standing 1.80 metres, ideal for an athlete, Maria first began to understand the strength and power of her own body via dance lessons. With her strong determination to prove herself, Maria’s philosophy gives a clue as to what drives her to jump so many hurdles, not least of all those she purposely sets for herself. Even if she wins, she is only truly happy if she crossed the line as regards her own targets. Having already won so much, Maria knows full well that people are expecting a lot more of her. Expectations of this kind are not pressure—she sees them as pure motivación! Conscious that what she has achieved so far is impressive, Maria warns that it is nothing compared to what comes next, intoning ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet,’ with a Catalan accent.