Beijing 2008: Latino Olympians to Watch

1. Beijing Olympics: Dara Torres

DARA TORRES, Swimmer, 50 & 100 Meter Freestyle

Dara Torres was born April 15, 1967. She has won nine Olympic medals, including four golds. She set the record for the 50 meter freestyle when she was 15 years old and has broken it two more times since then, most recently at this years Olympic trial. At age 41, she's the oldest Olympic swimming medalist in history and she's also the only swimmer to medal in five different Olympics! "I'm proving that you can be 41 and that you can follow your dreams and that age is just a number." Random Fact: Dara was the first athlete to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1994. She won 3 silver medals in Beijing in the 4x100m free relay, the 4x100 medley relay, and the individual 50m free.

2. Beijing Olympics: Diana Lopez

DIANA LOPEZ, Taekwondo, Featherweight division

As the baby in the Lopez family, Diana has had to fight for every inch of respect she has received. Diana, or D. Lo as she is affectionately referred to by the team credits her brothers relentless pursuit of their dreams as inspiration. This will be Diana's first appearance in the Olympic games and she will be fighting in the featherweight division. Update: Diana won the bronze medal!  Random fact: Diana loves Dr. 90210 on E! Entertainment Television because, she points out, "Dr. Rey is a black belt in Taekwondo".

3. Beijing Olympics: Mark Lopez

MARK LOPEZ, Taekwondo, Featherweight division

Mark began fighting when he was just 5 years old and won the gold medal at the Taekwondo World Championship in his featherweight division in 2005. Known as the showman in the Lopez family, Mark regularly celebrates victories by backflipping across the mat after matches. "I like to please the crowd, I like to blow kisses and show my apreciation when they support me," Mark says with a wink. Update: Mark won the suilver medal in his division! Random fact: Mark loves playing video games!

4. Beijing Olympics: Steven Lopez

STEVEN LOPEZ, Taekwondo Light/Welterwight division

As the elderstatesmen of the Lopez family wrecking crew, Steven is eager to share the Olympic experience with his siblings, "I’ve told them (Mark and Diana) the highlights and experiences that I’ve had walking into the opening ceremonies, living at the Olympic village, and now I get to have those experiences alongside them, I’m ecstatic!" Steven is already a two-time gold medalist and is a favorite to win again in the Light/Welterweight division taekwondo competition. He has remained undefeated since 2002. Random fact: His favorite movies are Braveheart and Forrest Gump.

5. Beijing Olympics: Diana Taurasi

DIANA TAURASI, TEAM USA Women's Basketball Point Guard

Team USA basketball player, Diana Taurasi was born June 11, 1982 in Chino, California. Her dad Mario, was born in Italy but raised in Argentina where he met and married her mom, Liliana. They moved to Southern California before Diana's birth, but she still speaks Spanish fluently. Taurasi started her career with the UCONN Huskies and helped to lead her team to it's 3rd consecutive NCAA championship her senior year.  Now she plays professionally with the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. She is a 2004 Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Basketball. Random fact: Diana is an avid hip-hop fan!

6. Beijing Olympics: Tony Azevedo


Tony Azevedo was born November 21, 1981 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. His father, Rick was the former US Men’s National Water Polo Team coach and now Tony is considered one of the best water polo players in the world. He has been a member of Team USA since he was selected as an 18-year-old to play for the U.S. Olympic team at the 2000 games in Sydney. He recently became one of the highest-paid players in water polo when he signed with Italian club team, Bissolati Cremona. Random fact: Tony's favorite pregame meal is pasta pomodoro.