More remarkable is that Szandra Szogedi was a former gymnastics champion from Hungary who has taken up judo for Ghana.
Szanda, 27 who first competed for Ghana five years ago, took to the judo mat in the 63kg category in Brazil and lost 100-0.
Szogedi's qualification to the Olympic Games was confirmed at an event in Kazakhstan in May and her impending appearance in Rio has been a long way from her childhood in Hungary's capital, Budapest, aspiring to be an international gymnast.
"From a very young age in kindergarten I was doing gymnastics," she said.
"From the age of 10, I was already training eight times a week.
"I have always been in and around sport. I have never known anything different."
She and her older sister competed in national championships and were heading towards a possible career in gymnastics.
But their aspirations were halted after there were allegations of physical abuse in their training program and they quit the sport.
From gymnastics to judo
"My father spoke to him and was like, 'I don't know what to do with the girls now, they have to do something'. "So the friend invited my dad to take us to judo."
After two weeks, her coach entered her for some local tournaments "and then I got serious", she says.
By the age of 12, she had made the Hungarian team and within a year she came second at the national championships.
By 2005 she had won 12 junior national titles for the country, yet later that year a family breakdown put the brakes on her judo career and she stopped in order to support her mum.
After moving to the UK in 2007 to work as a waitress, it seemed her sporting ambitions were over, but that all changed when she spotted her friend in the Hungary team at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games.
"I just thought this is maybe not meant to be for me but after I saw that I said to my mum, 'You need to send my judo gear - I'm on it.'"
By then she had not practised any judo for three years. While working at a London hotel, Szogedi started to ramp up her training at a local judo centre.
It was there that she met her husband, Alex Amoako, himself a former national judoka for Ghana. They married shortly afterwards in the Ghana Garden city of Kumasi. Szogedi decided to change the country she represented in judo from Hungary to Ghana.
What benefited her was that, unlike Hungary, the Ghana Judo Federation did not insist that she train in the country.
She first competed at the 2011 African Championships and, although she missed out on London 2012, has since gone on to claim eight international medals, including gold at the African Open in 2014 and bronze medals at the last three African Championships.
The All Africa Games last year gave her a taste of what is to come in Rio competing for Ghana.
"The atmosphere in the community is great," she says. "I'll never forget coming back from the park with my bronze medal.
"There were guys with Ghana tracksuits and we had never seen each other before and they asked 'Did you win something?'
"They started to dance and sing being happy that someone from Ghana won a medal. "We are going to be the loudest, happiest team in Rio."
Encouraging Other Women
There are hopes that she will encourage more Ghanaian women to compete.
Promoting judo in a country where football, boxing and athletics remain the most popular sports is difficult.
No-one had ever represented Ghana in judo at the Olympics until 2012 when Emmanuel Nartey was knocked out in the second round. Szogedi is the first female judo athlete to represent the country.
She won a scholarship from the International Olympics Committee to help fund her qualification. But funding is rare.
"It is very difficult for the Ghana sports authority and government to put in funds for the development of sports like judo," says Emmanuel Tetteh, president of the Ghana Judo Federation (GJF) who works full time as a customs officer.
"If there had been support from government we would have qualified more players," he says. The president laments over lack of funds for judokas to travel for competition to gain international exposure and experience.
Olympic medal dreams
It is a different story at Camberley Judo Hall where Szogedi trains in the UK.
There she is just one among many judo hopefuls.
"Szandra is not one of the favourites in the category but she just needs to go in there to give herself a chance of getting a sniff of the medals and see what happens," says head coach Luke Preston.
"We have had a representative at every Olympics since 1992 and this will be the seventh Olympics where we have had members qualified."
This year he is also training Ashley McKenzie, who is representing Great Britain in Rio. But Szogedi's vision for herself is more optimistic.
"My original goal was to become an Olympian and I am happy to represent Ghana at the Olympic Games," she says.