Celebrating Latinos Who Won U.S. Medals at the London Olympics 2012

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!