Dipa forayed into gymnastics when she was only six years old. Since the beginning of her career, she has been coached by
Soma & Bisweshwar Nandi. While she was born with flat feet, a trait that significantly impacts a gymnast’s performance,
it was her extensive training under the guidance of her coaches that helped her develop an arch in her feet. In 2008,
she won the Junior Nationals in Jalpaiguri and ever since then, Dipa has won 77 medals, including 67 gold, in state,
national and international championships.
She first came into the limelight when she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,
becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the Games. She continued her good form at the 2014 Asian Games,
where she finished fourth in the vault final. She became the first Indian gymnast to qualify for a final stage at the World Artistic
Gymnastics Championships, where she secured a fifth-place finish in the vault final.
At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Dipa created history by becoming the first female gymnast to qualify for the final vault event.
She missed out on a bronze medal by a narrow margin, finishing fourth in the event.
Dipa is one of only five women to have successfully landed the Produnova or handspring double front, the most difficult vault
currently performed in women's gymnastics.
In 2018, she became the first Indian Gymnast to win a gold the FIG World Cup in Mersin, Turkey and followed it up with
a bronze in the 2018 FIG World Cup in Cottbus.
For her remarkable achievements, Dipa was honored with the Arjuna Award in 2015 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award,
the highest sporting honor of the Republic of India, in 2016. In 2017, she was honored with the Padma Shri award,
the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India. Her strive, determination and drive to defy all odds,
inspire a whole generation to take on the sport.