7 Latinas to Watch in the 2012 Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kick off tomorrow in London. We're rooting for Team USA, and these seven Latinas are on the team representing for all of us. Check out this list of athletes you should be watching for over the next few weeks:

1. Summer Olympians: Marlen Esparza

Marlen Esparza

You may recognize Marlen Esparza as being the face of quite a few CoverGirl ads, but this 23-year-old Mexican-American beauty packs a mean punch. Marlen is joining Team USA as the first American woman to qualify for the Olympics in the first year that it will be sponsoring women's boxing.


2. Summer Olympians: Brenda Villa

Brenda Villa

At 32, Brenda Villa is a four-time water polo Olympic athlete and is coming on as the squad captain for the U.S. water polo team. Brenda, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.


3. Summer Olympians: Sarah Robles

Sarah Robles

Sarah Robles is a weightlifter and has been referred to as "the strongest woman in America." Sarah, 23, is a three time national championship whose dream is to one day become a coach.


4. Summer Olympians: Diana Lopez

Diana Lopez

Diana Lopez and her brothers Steven and Mark, whose family is originally from Nicaragua,  have made the Olympics a Lopez family affair. While Mark won't be back this year, Steven and Diana will both be competing in London. At 28, this will be Diana's second time representing Team USA as an Olympic Taekwondo competitor.


5. Summer Olympians: Melissa Gonzalez

Melissa Gonzalez

An All-American field hockey player from the University of Connecticut, Melissa Gonzalez, 23,  will be making her first Olympic Games appearance at this year's competition.


6. Summer Olympians: Amy Rodriguez

Amy Rodriguez

Amy Rodriguez, 25, won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in women's soccer. This Olympian of Cuban descent hopes to achieve the same success this year.


7. Summer Olympians: Lauren Tamayo

Lauren Tamayo

Lauren Tamayo, 29, is also known as La Diabla. She joins Team USA for cycling, and she got her nickname because many would say she was a different person on the bike versus off. This will be Lauren's first Olympic Games experience.