V. Toro Arana a Puerto Rican rower who was born on August 5, 1994. As of the year 2020, she was an Olympic competitor. In 2012, V. Toro Arana enrolled at MIT to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering; she graduated in 2016.
V. Toro Arana Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
She has since enrolled at the Stanford University School of Medicine to pursue a medical degree. Twenty years before she made history as Puerto Rico’s first female Olympic rower, 6-year-old V. Toro Arana stepped up to the plate for an all-boys Little League baseball team.
Twenty years before she made history as Puerto Rico’s first female Olympic rower, 6-year-old V. Toro Arana stepped up to the plate for an all-boys Little League baseball team. She was getting bored watching her younger brother, Sebastian, play baseball, so she decided to give it a shot herself.
A solitary female player was spotted by V. Toro Arana the year prior, while she was watching a different squad. Ultimately, she was confident that it would be possible. Her dad, Pedro, thought she’d have fun playing soccer, so he enrolled her.
When V. Toro Arana was a young boy in San Juan, he faced every challenge head-on, whether it was on the baseball field or in the classroom. That same determination got her to the top of Puerto Rican rowing, then to the pre-med programme at MIT, and finally to medical school at Stanford.
She will now make history as the first Puerto Rican rower to compete in the Olympics in 33 years. Tokyo’s rowing heats kick off this Friday. Since Puerto Rico was unable to send a whole boat to the Olympics, she decided to try out for the event as a single sculler.
She started Stanford University’s medical school in 2016, and since then she has been working out every day before classes. She took a year off from school to study pulmonary valve replacement for people with tetralogy of Fallot (a heart defect) for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Given the importance of computer skills in the position, she moved to Miami to receive the necessary education and instruction. She worked with coaches in Miami and Italy throughout the 2020-2021 academic year as she took a leave of absence from Stanford to prepare for the Olympics.
Despite being only 5 feet 10 inches tall, V. Toro Arana played middle blocker for her high school volleyball team in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She tried out for the volleyball team at MIT, but they were too big for her.
She reflected on her height difference between Puerto Rico and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I was tall in Puerto Rico, but not at MIT.” She looked for a new challenge and found it in lightweight rowing, a sport that was a good fit for her slim build.