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Bet You Didn’t Know These 25 Athletes Are Latino

The NFL, NBA, MLB and FIFA are full of athletes you probably didn’t know are Latino. If you follow any of these sports, I challenge you to identify them.

1. Tony Romo

Source: Tony Romo. Digital Image. Sporting News. December 15, 2016.

Romo was a former quarterback after spending his earlier days in Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League for 14 seasons. Romo holds several Cowboys records under his sleeve, including passing yards, passing touchdowns, games with more than three touchdown passes, and most games with at least 300 passing yards. He retired in 2016 after a preseason back injury. Currently, he is an NFL analyst on CBS Sports for their telecasts show. Although he is U.S.-born, he has Mexican heritage on his grandfather’s side.

2. Dan Haren

Source: Dan Haren. Digital Image. MLB. March 8, 2016.

He is a former American professional baseball pitcher and among the small group of Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers to have beaten all the 30 major league teams. He completed his career with an incredible three All-Star game appearances and was named the seventh best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the major league history.

Haren was born in California but has Irish and Mexican backgrounds.

3. Nene

Source: Nene. Digital Image. Washington Post. February 10, 2013.

The professional basketball player is among the sports superstars who rocked our screens for years when he played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His successful three-year stint in Brazil earned him an NBA invitation to Chicago. He would later be a victim of injuries which saw him miss a lot of matches. During his career, he received many awards including being named second in the NBA in field goal percentage, fifth for NBA Most Improved Player award, among others.

This Houston Rockets player was actually born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Doesn’t he look sexier now?

4. Adam LaRoche

Source: Adam LaRoche. Digital Image. Dead Spin. April 13, 2016.

Having played in 12 seasons in the Major League Baseball (MLB), Adam LaRoche was named as a senior in an All-American baseball. His major achievements were his two milestones where he reached his career-high 33rd home run recording a career-high of 100RB and earning him the first Gold Glove including the Silver Slugger Award. Don’t get fooled by his looks, Adam LaRoche is proud of his Mexican roots on his father side.

5. Anderson Varejao

Source: Anderson Varejao. Digital Image. Sporting News. May 29, 2015.

He is a 13-year NBA veteran, 12 of which were spent playing for Cleveland Cavaliers. Between 2002 and 2014, he competed in every world championship and finally won a gold medal at Pan American Games in 2003. It is while at Golden State Warriors that he was given a championship ring after winning the NBA championship in 2017. Varejao was born in Colatina, Brazil. Besides playing for the Golden State Warriors he has actually played on Brazil’s national team!

6. Al Horford

Source: Al Horford. Digital Image. Slam Online. October 4, 2016.

Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso, Boston Celtics players, was born in the Dominican Republic. He played a key role as the starting center on the Gators team that won the back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2006 and 2007. He also holds several other achievements under his belt, including a five-time NBA All-Star winner, the first Hawks pick to earn an All-Star berth after Kevin Willis in 1992, and a bronze medalist at the FIBA Americas Championship which earned him All-Tournament honors.

7. Walter Herrmann

Source: Walter Herrmann. Digital Image. Marca. August 17, 2009.

He was a key player of the senior squad in the Argentine basketball lineup. His team won the gold medal in the memorable 2004 Olympic Games. During his time at Flamengo, he played in the top-level Brazilian League and won the 2014 edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup.  During the 2015 and 2016 season, Walter played for San Lorenzo club and they became champions of the Argentine League, as well as the Argentine League’s Finals MVP title. Former Detroit Pistons player, was born in  Venado Tuernto, Argentina.

8. Andre Ethier

Source: Andre Ethier. Digital Image. Realtor. Mar 15, 2017.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Andre Ethier is Mexican on his mother’s side. He is a former professional American baseball outfielder who played in the Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His major achievement includes a Silver Slugger Award in 2009, All-Star selections in 2010-2011, and a Gold Glove Award in 2011 alongside other celebrities such as Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw giving the Dodgers team three Gold Glove winners in one year for the first time in baseball history.

9. Rudy Fernandez

Source: Rudy Fernandez. Digital Image. Solo Basket.

Born in Mallorca, Spain, Rudy Fernandez has played both in the NBA and the European Basketball League. The three-time All-EuroLeague Team selection who eventually won the league in 2015-2018, was also an NBA legend and an All-Rookie Second Team member. Currently, he is representative of the senior Spanish national basketball team. Among his achievements are the FIBA World Cup he won in 2006, two magnificent Olympic silver medals back in 2008-2012, and a bronze medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

10. Manu Ginobili

Source: Manu Ginobili. Digital Image. Business Insider. May 23, 2017.

Though retired from professional basketball, Ginobili became one of the two known players to win a EuroLeague title, an Olympic gold medal, and an NBA championship. The four-time NBA champion was nicknamed “Big Three” alongside teammates Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. To add to his achievement collections, he has won two Italian League MVP awards, EuroLeague championship in 2001, the EuroLeague Finals MVP and the Triple Crown. Born Emanuel David Ginoblini, this former San Antonio Spurs player is Argentinian-Born.

11. Jeff Garcia

Source: Jeff Garcia. Digital Image. Sportige.  October 23, 2013.

Garcia has Mexican and Irish heritage. The former Canadian football and American football quarterback is a four-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and earned UPI All-America honors in 1992. He is one out of ten quarterbacks who have achieved an overwhelming thirty-touchdown passing season two consecutive times in his career. Also, he is one of only thirteen other quarterbacks to achieve a 99-yard touchdown pass.

12. Tiago Splitter

Source: Tiago Splitter. Digital Image. Sacurrent. July 1, 2015.

Tiago Splitter was born in Blumenau, Brazil.The forme basketball player spent seven seasons in the NBA. He is a three-time All-EuroLeague Team selection and the first Brazilian player to win an NBA championship in 2014 with San Antonio Spurs.  He won gold medals with Brazilian national basketball team at the FIBA Americas Championship (2005, 2009, 2011), Pan American Games in 2003, and South American Championship in 2003. Unfortunately, he announced his retirement in February 2018 following a hip injury that affected his career.

13. Luis Scola

CREDIT: Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola shoots a free throw against the Chicago Bulls in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 21, 2014. Indiana won 91-79. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
Source: Luis Scola. Digital Image. La Tercera.

From Argentina to China!  The Argentine professional basketball player was voted to the famous NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2007. Earlier in 2004, he won an Olympic medal and a bronze medal in the Summer Olympics in 2008. As a result of these achievements, he was named the flagbearer for Argentina’s national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Scola now plays in the Chinese Basketball Association

14. Ted Williams

Source: Ted Williams. Digital Image. Doc Stull. September 19, 2016.

Ted was a nineteen-time All-Start, a six-time American League (AL) batting champion, a two-time award winner of the AL Most Valuable Player Award, and a two-time winner of the Triple Crown. The legend even dedicated three years of his time to serve in the Marine Corps and the United States Navy during World War II.

Williams was born in California but had Mexican background. Some claim he was the first latino baseball star.

15. Leandro Barbosa

Source: Leandro Barbosa. Digital Image. NBC Sports. January 18, 2013.

Another Brazilian on the list! Barbosa was born in Sao Paulo and won the highly contested NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award including an NBA championship with the Warriors. On the list of his accomplishments is the Brazilian Basketball League he won with Bauru. After he reassigned with Warriors in 2015, he helped the team win an NBA record of 73 games to record an all-time high from the record set in 1995 and 1996 by Chicago Bulls.

16. Ryan Lochte

Source: Ryan Lochte. Digital Image. LA Times. April 27, 2017.

The twelve-time Olympic medalist holds impressive world records in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and 4×200-meter freestyle long-course. Currently, he is the world record holder in the 400-meter individual medley short course and 200-meter individual medley long and short course. The incredible performance in these competitions has earned him several awards including the World Swimmer of the Year Award, SwimSwam’s Swammy Award, and a two-time American Swimmer of the Year Award. Lochte was born in New York but is Cuban on his mother’s side. Who knew?

17. Ronda Rousey

Source: Ronda Rousey. Digital Image. Mike Swick. November 21, 2017.

To add to her gifts, Rousey is a professional wrestler, a mixed martial artist, an actress, author, and judoka. Currently, she is signed to WWE and won the Raw Women’s Champion in her first reign. She has had successes in both the King of the Cage and Strikeforce events where she was crowned the last ever Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Ronda has also enjoyed great success as an actress and author by featuring in the films The Expendables, Furious 7, and Mile 22. She further released her autobiography in 2015 called My Fight/Your Fight.  She has Venezuelan and Trinidadian roots!

Read: 20 Facts About Ronda Rousey’s Strength Before Her Next Big Fight

18. Carmello Anthony

Source: Carmelo Anthony. Digital Image. Business Insider. September 23, 2017.

Anthony as Puerto Rican and Venezuelan background on his father side. The Houston Rocket’s basketball team player is a ten-time NBA All-Star and six times All-NBA Team member. In 2003, he kicked his career and won the national championship as a freshman with Syracuse Orange. He was also crowned as the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament. He was the bronze medalist in 2004 Summer Olympics and a gold medalist at the Summer Olympics in 2008, 2012, and 2016. On top of that, he holds the title for the all-time leading scores in the United States Olympics men’s national basketball team.

19. Victor Cruz

Source: Victor Cruz. Digital Image. Chicago Tribune. May 30, 2017.

Known for his role as a wide receiver in American football, Victor Cruz has a couple of feats under his sleeve. He won the Super Bowl XLVI with New York Giants in 2012 and the explosive 99-yard touchdown catch during his time in the Giants against New York Jets. His impressive 89 yards after the catch is one of the most recorded ever by a receiver on a 99-yard reception. Cruz is known for his popular yet hilarious celebration of a salsa dance after every touchdown. Quite an entertaining basketball player! He was born in New Jersey to a Puerto Rican mother.

20. Reggie Jackson

Source: Reggie Jackson. Digital image. Sports Illustrated.

he flamboyant and outspoken Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder is known for his incredible postseason achievements. In 1971, Jackson helped lead the Athletics to the all-time American League Eastern Division Title with an impressive 32 home runs. Two years later (1973), he became the unanimous winner of the popular American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. The crowning of his tremendous achievement in his career came on August 1993, when he was named the 216th inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Surprisingly, he was the only player to be honored in that year.

Reginald “Reggie” Martinez, born in Pennsylvania, is Puerto Rican on his father’s side.

21. James Rodriguez

Source: James Rodriguez. Digital Image. Colombia. July 27, 2017.

Former Real Madrid star, was born in Cucuta, Colombia. The Colombian footballer now plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Bayern Munich. From his vision, technique, and playmaking skills, it’s no doubt that he is one of the best players of his generation. His career kicked off when he won the Toulon Tournament in 2011 with Colombia’s under-20 team. Following his outstanding performance in the tournament, he was included in the senior squad and played in the 2014 FIFA World cup where he won the Golden Boot as the top scorer.

22. Radamel Falcao

Source: Radamel Falcao. Digital Image. Goal.

Simply known as Falcao, the Monaco FC star was born in Santa Marta, Colombia. The Colombian striker is the captain for both Monaco and Colombia national team. During his era in River Plate, he won the 2007 and 2008 Clausura tournament. He also won several titles, including the Primeira Liga and Europa League in 2011. While at club Porto, he became their all-time top goalscorer in most international club competitions setting the record for the most goals scored (17) in a European campaign. He is also the first Colombian to receive the Portuguese Golden Ball award.

23. Keylor Navas

Source: Keylor Navas. Digital Image. Sin Cuento. October 17, 2017.

The Costa Rican footballer who plays the role of a goalkeeper for Real Madrid and Costa Rica national team has won six national championships including the CONCACAF Champions Cup in 2005. In 2014, he went on to become La Liga Player of the Month, making him the first goalkeeper to win the award. The same season, he was declared the goalkeeper with most saves in La Liga at a record of 267. His incredible performance in the 2017-2018 Champions League played a huge role in his nomination as the 2017-2018 Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season.

24. Laurie Hernandez

Source: Laurie Hernandez. Digital Image. Huffington Post. January 12, 2017.

Olympic gymnast and winner of Dancing with the Stars is Puerto Rican descent. Her appearance in the 2016 Summer Olympics couldn’t go unnoticed when she won the gold medal in the overall team event and a silver medal on the balance beam. In the same year, Laurie Hernandez featured in the Dancing with the Stars and won season 23 with partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

25. Gonzalo Higuain

Source: Gonzalo Higuain.  Digital Image. Sporty News. October 9, 2017.

This hottie was actually born in France but is Argentinian descent and plays for the national team. His era in the world’s favorite Spanish clubs saw him win several titles including three La Liga titles and an award for scoring 107 goals in 190 leagues appearances. After his move to Napoli, he completed the season with a win of the Coppa Italia in his first season. Still, in Napoli, the 2015 ad 2016 season was another successful moment where he scored 36 league goals and won the Capocannoniere title. Higuain is currently a full Argentina international, and he has represented the country in three FIFA World Cups.

Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

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Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

To say, American gymnast, Simone Biles can’t practice her athletic art form under pressure is to completely misunderstand her strength. The 22-year-old from Colombus, Ohio, has already accomplished what many can’t even fathom. This week the Olympic gold medalist made history on the competitive mat just a couple of days after she confronted the USA Gymnastics for failing to protect her, and more than 150 women, from a sexual predator. 

On August 11, Simone Biles landed perfectly after doing a triple-double at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City. 

Let us break down what that actually means because it truly is a thing of beauty. Biles successful jumped into the air and completed two flips and three full twists and stuck the landing. She tried to do this exact move on Friday but failed on the landing. This time, however, Biles landed it amazingly. She’s the first woman to have ever completed this move. 

This move is no easy fete for the 4’8 gymnast. As someone on social media noted, Biles, at the peak of her jump, is close to 10 feet off the mat, which is two feet higher than the high jump world record. Insanity!!

On Friday, she also made history by pulling off a double-double dismount off the balance beam. 

That means she did two twists and two somersaults like its no one’s business. All of these historic firsts garnered Biles a record-tying sixth all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. So who could possibly have the same title as Biles? No one in the past several decades, that’s for sure. In the 1940s and 1950s, American gymnast Clara Schroth Lomady also received the same honor of sixth all-around. 

After her historical landing, Biles was quite pleased with her performance. 

Credit: Instagram/@simonebiles

“That feeling when you make history…. twice,” she said on Instagram. And this is all build-up to the main event. Biles, of course, is headed to Tokyo next year for the 2020 Olympics, where’s she’s naturally going to add on to her gold medals, but no pressure. (!!!)

Her incredible routine is quite impressive when you consider that the star athlete is competing for organizers who were enablers in her own sexual abuse.

Last year, a Michigan judge sentenced Dr. Larry Nassar, a physical therapist, 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than a hundred gymnasts some were as young as six years old. The abuse lasted for decades, and Biles was one of his victims. 

On August 7, Biles told reporters that it was the U.S. Gymnastics Championships and other institutions that assisted Nassar in his abuse by protecting him.

“You had one job. You literally had one job, and you couldn’t protect us,” Biles said in her addressed statement to USA Gymnastics, according to CNN. ‘It’s hard coming here for an organization, having had them fail us so many times. We had one goal. We have done everything that they asked us for, even when we didn’t want to, and they couldn’t do one damn job.”

Despite Biles’ horrific abuse she endured, her moves on the mat show her incredible strength and dedication to the sport.

Credit: Instagram/@simonebiles

The Texan native said she wasn’t sure if she’d succeed in those now-groundbreaking landings. She said, however, that she was striving for ultimate perfection, even if that meant failing the first time. Sounds like she’s a firm believer of the motto, “if at first, you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again.” 

“I feel like I compete for perfection,” she told the Olympic Channel days before her competition, “so whenever I don’t do that, it really irritates me.” 

Biles also told the network that she doesn’t even think about her titles and records until someone brings it up to her in conversation. Talk about humble. If Biles doesn’t do the bragging, her friends and fans will do it for her. 

Several fans, including celebs, touted her magical moves on Twitter.

As for the future of gymnastics in the U.S., and their beloved athletes, Li Li Leung, the president, and chief executive of USA Gymnastics, told CNN, that understand they are to blame for their part in their abuse and are doing everything they can to change the culture of silence. 

“One of our goals is for our athletes to feel comfortable in speaking up and sharing their opinions, and we are listening to what they have to say,” Leung said. “We will continue to work hard to demonstrate to Simone and all of our athletes, members, community, and fans that we are working to foster a safe, positive and encouraging environment where athlete voices are heard.” 

Now on to the Olympics!

READ: We’re ‘Un Poco Loco’ Over This Mexican Gymnast’s ‘Coco’ Floor Routine And Charro-Inspired Outfit

This Colombian Has Made History As He Becomes The First Latino To Win The Tour De France And The World Is So Proud

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This Colombian Has Made History As He Becomes The First Latino To Win The Tour De France And The World Is So Proud

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The Tour de France is the biking world’s biggest event. It’s basically cycling’s Copa Mundial, it’s huge. So the fact that a Colombian is totally owning this championship race is a major deal and Latinos around the world, but especially Colombians, are celebrating extra fuerte because this year a Colombian is set to win cycling’s biggest race. 

Egan Bernal is making history as the first Latino to win the Tour de France and we stan.

Credit: @CNN / Twitter

Egan Bernal, a 22-year-old from Colombia, is set to be crowned the winner of this year’s Tour de France. Not only will be the first Latino and first Colombian to win the race but he’ll also be the youngest winner since 1909 – yes, 110 years ago.

This is amazing. 

Obviously, all of Colombia is supporting his victory over hundreds of other riders. Bernal’s victory has seemed to come pretty easy to him. He’s sailed through the competition leading most of the race segments. And since the Tour de France winner is selected based upon their overall times per race segment, Bernal is all but guaranteed to win.

“We still have to make it to Paris,” Bernal told reporters covering the Tour. “I can’t understand what’s happening. I will need a few days — it’s incredible. It’ll take a few days to realize what I have achieved,” he continued. “To be honest, I was feeling good today. I kept thinking 5km, 4km, 3km. One less, one less to go, each time.“

If there is any surprise at Bernal’s win, it is that it has taken so long for a Colombian to top the podium and he could now dominate for years to come.

But this year has scene the rise of many Colombians. This year alone, three of them – Rigoberto Uran, Nairo Quintana, and Bernal – finished within the top 10.

And yea, it’s true, Bernal isn’t only the first Colombian to win he race he’s also the first Latino.

Credit: @BruceCarlson75 / Twitter

Mr Bernal’s journey from a humble upbringing has become a symbol in Colombia, a country that has produced many famed cyclists.

He’s shattering records – he’ll also be the youngest winner, at 22, since 1909!

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Yup, not in 110 years has someone as young as Bernal won the Tour de France. And not only that, Bernal is the third youngest winner in the race’s 116 year history.

Like many young Latinos, Bernal almost entered the world of futbol.

Credit: @KissMyArsenal / Twitter

But apparently, Bernal wasn’t a fan of the sport. He dropped it shortly after starting it and took up cycling instead.

Colombia is a well-known cycling country with many champions competing in tournaments around the world. However, none has ever risen to the level of success that Bernal will have achieved after winning the Tour de France.

For both young and old, emotions were running high in Bernal’s hometown of Zipaquira.

Credit: @AFP_Sport / Twitter

In his hometown of Zipaquira, hundreds came to the “Plaza of Hope” to watch the final stage of the Tour in Paris, beamed across a giant screen. A graffiti mural of the champion was unveiled in the town over a week ago.

Bernal’s victory has resonated especially with Colombians from modest backgrounds, many of whom are from the same deprived, largely indigenous areas of Colombia’s Andes mountains.

Basically all the Colombians in France, and probably from Colombia too, came out to celebrate on the streets of Paris.

One Twitter user pointed out that they didn’t even think there were any Colombians left in Colombia because they all seemed to have arrived in Paris to celebrate the exact moment that Bernal crosses that finish line.

Bernal also seemed to be getting in on the celebrations.

Credit: @PimientoFutbol / Twitter

Can’t say we blame him. Aside from the adrenaline and pride that comes from his accomplishment, it’s also been extremely hot in France. As the Tour de France has been taking place, record temperatures have been taking place all over the country – including in Paris where the city reached its all time high temperature on Friday of 108º F.

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