Called as the Flo Jo or Florence Griffith Joyner of India, Ashwini Nachappa was once the most popular athlete of the country. Like Flo Jo, she was known for her performances in the field along with her glamorous appearance. Her popularity and glamour queen outlook brought her many film proposals and she accepted them to become a well known film actress in the South Tollywood film industry. She was honored with the Arjuna Award in the year 1990.
Born in 1967, Ashwini Nachappa and her family relocated from Kolkata to Bangalore, Karnataka
as a child where she and her sister Pushpa trained under Late M.S. Gill. Very soon she proved herself as an able athlete. She was one of the most successful national athletes and qualified for the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
Although she has retired as a sportswoman she and her husband runs a sports academy. She has two daughters, both of whom are very much into sports.