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The Latinas Taking Over The 2012 Olympics

Ever since I was little Olympic athletes have amazed me. My favorite part of the Olympic games has always been the gymnastic competition. Mostly because two of the greatest female gymnasts the U.S. team ever had shared my name, Dominique Dawes and Dominique Moceanu. My name was the only thing I shared with these women though, they looked nothing like me. As a child I had never watched a young woman who shared my Mexican American heritage win big at the Olympics.

This year that has changed! Latinas in America can feel proud that we have some amazing Latinas representing us on Team USA! Not only are they the best at what they do, they are educated, beautiful and so very strong! Here are few amazing Latinas to watch out for during the 2012 Olympic games.

Diana Lopez

Diana who is 28 years old is an American Olympic Taekwondo competetitor. She is from Sugar Land, Texas and her family is originally from Nicaragua. She also competed for the U.S. during the 2008 Olympic where she won a bronze medal. To add to her amazing talents, Diana is working on an undergraduate degree at The University of Houston, and wants to continue working towards her masters!



Marlen Esparza

Marlen is joining Team USA for the very first time this year. She is the first American woman to qualify for the Olympics for the first year that women’s boxing will be an Olympic event. Marlen is a 23 year old Mexican American from Houston, Texas. Marlen is as beautiful as she is fierce, she is also the face of Cover Girl cosmetics!

Brenda Villa

Brenda has competed four times on the U.S. water polo team, and this year she is the squad captain. She is 32 years old and originally from Los Angeles California, where her parents immigrated to from Mexico. Brenda won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. She also graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science.

Sarah Robles

Sarah who is 23 years old is know as the strongest woman in America. Sarah is from California, and her great-grandparents immigrated from Mexico. Sarah is a three-time national champion, and this is her first time competing for Team USA. To add to all that she is a body image activist, who's mantra is "Beauty is Strength".

To read more on these amazing Latinas and a few others check out this article on

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Comment by Cynthia Amaya on July 30, 2012 at 10:45am

It gives me goosebumps to read this! I'm so proud of the entire Team USA, but especially of all these women who are putting the Latina name on high! :)




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