The women’s triple jump has been reenergised with Rojas’ rivalry with reigning Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia.
The pair both have big personalities – finding time to dance and smile throughout competition.
Above all, I’m a warrior - Yulimar Rojas on how she would describe herself
Don’t be fooled into thinking that they aren’t taking it seriously – Rojas is laser focused on succeeding at the top level.
She is targeting both a gold medal in Tokyo and, potentially, an outdoor world record.
“Despite all the medals and stuff, I think a world record in in my athletics career would be fantastic. I dream about that and I know dreams do come true. And I work every day to make it true,” she said to Olympic Channel.
Yulimar Rojas: A Venezuelan hero
But also how she has beat the odds to topple many rivals with more resources at their disposal.
“I come from humble beginnings. I belong to a large family, six siblings, my father, my mother… living on a little farm with a lot of uncertainties,” Rojas said.
She believes this upbringing is directly related to her current success.
“Thanks to this I am a different Yulimar Rojas. It has helped me become a better version of myself. The adversities helped me believe in myself and my abilities.
Yulimar Rojas: A strong personality
With a beaming smile, distinctive hair styles hair, and height of 1.92m – it’s fair to say you can spot Rojas in a crowd.
Underneath the exterior, how would she describe herself?
“Yulimar Rojas is brave, joyful, and a committed person. I’m always giving my best. And, above all, I’m a warrior.”
She also encourages others to follow her example.
“Little by little – I have achieved my dreams. Little by little - I’ve accomplished my goals,” she said to Olympic Channel.
“You can achieve anything. There is nothing you can’t accomplish if you push for it.”
Yulimar Rojas: My favourite superheroes
Rojas has heroes of her own from the comic book world.
“My favourite is Batman. I like him because of his personality and everything he does,” she said.
“Also, I’d say Wonder Woman because of the strength, the adrenaline, the power she has and what she does to save the world.
“In this sense, I’m a bit like a child. I love super heroes and I hope to be considered a super hero in my country and in the world.”
Yulimar Rojas: Rivalry with Caterine Ibarguen
Both reigning world champion Yulimar Rojas and reigning Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen look totally at home in an athletics stadium.
Both like to bust a move during competition.
“Dancing is one of my gifts. I love it. I believe that’s the way I release adrenaline. Dancing and competing go very well together and I feel good to put on a show,” Rojas said.
Their relationship is competitive and business-like.
“We are from sister countries, Colombia and Venezuela… There are a lot of expectations when we are both competing and I think that’s good for the sport.
“I admire her a lot . She’s an extraordinary athlete. She’s won a lot for herself and her country. But to be friends in this situation is a bit complicated because the rivalry is very big.”
Yulimar Rojas: LGBTQ+ Icon
With her rainbow emoji proudly displayed on her Instagram profile, Yulimar is open about her sexuality.
“My orientation has always been important to me and to my career. Since I started sports, I have always tried to fight for the ideologies and rights of women and the LGBT community,” Rojas, who lives in Spain, said in an interview with El Pais.
“It is also a leap for love and life to be respected, the desire to love and to be loved is respected, and human rights to be valued every day.”