Yep, the 2012 London Olympic Games are over. And while Cuba (14), Colombia (8), and Mexico (7) were considered the big winners as far as medal counts in Latin American and the Caribbean, there were plenty of Latinos who were claiming victory here in the U.S. Read on to learn all about these athletic achievers!
1. Olympic Medalists: Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony: Gold for Men’s Basketball
Pau Gasol may have put up a good fight by scoring 24 points for Spain, but it was the U.S. Dream Team that won gold for the Men’s basketball competition (100 to 107). Team U.S. also scored the gold medal during the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. “To do it twice is a special moment,” said Carmelo.
2. Olympic Medalists: Amy Rodriguez
Amy Rodriguez: Gold for Women’s Soccer
The 25-year-old athlete of Cuban descent won big on the field against Japan and claimed a 2-1 victory to gold. Congrats!
3. Olympic Medalists: Brenda Villa
Brenda Villa: Gold for Women’s Water Polo
The U.S. women’s water polo team took silver during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, but the Mexican American athlete made sure the team landed first place at this year’s Olympic games in London. The U.S. celebrated their first ever-Olympic gold medal after beating Spain 8-5.
4. Olympic Medalists: Danell Leyva
Danell Leyva: Bronze for Men’s Individual All-Around Gymnastics
Call him the William Levy of the London Olympics! It was all about the parallel bars for the Cuban-American who snagged bronze for the U.S. team.
5. Olympic Medalists: Diana Taurasi
Diana Taurasi: Gold for Women’s Basketball
The half-Argentine player helped maintain the U.S.’s gold victory against France after an 86-50 win. No wonder she is deemed one of the best female players in the world!
6. Olympic Medalists: Leonel Manzano
Leonel Manzano: Silver for Men’s 1500-Meter Track & Field Race
The 27-year-old who came to the U.S. without papers at the age of 4 received his silver metal with both the Mexican and American flags in hand. Represent!
7. Olympic Medalists: Marlen Esparza
Marlen Esparza: Bronze for Women’s Boxing
The 23-year-old was beat out by China 10-8, but she’s the first U.S. athlete to win a metal in the women’s boxing division. Way to make us proud!
8. Olympic Medalists: Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte: Gold, Silver, and Bronze for Swimming
Talk about making a splash! The Cuban-American swimmer dominated the competition by winning five Olympic medals (two gold, two silver, and one bronze).
9. Olympic Medalists: Steffens
The Steffens Sisters: Gold for U.S. Women’s Water Polo
Jessica, 25, and Maggie, 19, played for gold during their victory over Spain. Talk about making the U.S. and Puerto Rico proud!