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These Athletes From Latin America Are Changing The Game When It Comes To Skateboarding

Skateboarding started as a local pastime in California with just a hand full of people. Now, it is an internationally recognized sport with major competitions taking place around the world. Just like any other sport, athletes are able to make some serious money thanks to endorsements and grand prizes. As the sport grew, so did it’s reach and Latinos began shredding it up like everyone else. Here are 20 Latino who are elevating the game with their own unique styles.

1. Pedro Barros

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Pedro Barros is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to skateboarding. He dominates every competition he participates in and there’s not quetions why. Barros is one of the most fierce competitors taking home first place prizes in several competitions proving his place among the tops skateboarders in the world.

2. Carlos Ribeiro

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Carlos Ribeiro will make all of his competitors feel a little inferior. The skateboarder is always elevating the technicality of his tricks leaving jaws on the floor. He nails his tricks with ease and will only get better from here.

3. Louie Lopez

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Don’t let Louie Lopez’s youth fool you. The young skateboarder is making a name for himself in a field of talented skateboarders. His intensity is known in the skateboarding community and his skills will leave you glued to his performance. He is definitely someone you should be watching if you enjoy skateboarding.

4. Luan Oliveira

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Brazil is creating some of the best talent known in the skateboarding wold. Luan Oliveira is arguably one of the best examples of Brazilian excellence in the sport. Not only does he nail his tricks, his speed will leave you flabbergasted. That’s why he has become one fo the biggest names in the sport.

5. David González

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There is a good reason this man was was named the 2012 Skater of the Year. He is a beast when he is on a board and any video you see on social media about him will prove it. Check him out and you’ll understand the power this man wields on a skateboard.

6. Diego Najera

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Diego Najera’s talent is very obvious. He debuted with an amazing run for Primitive Skateboards and destroyed the competitions as a newbie after that. He has a sense of control on the board that will intimidate any competitor. He is just beginning to grow within the sport and it’s everything.

7. Leticia Bufoni

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Leticia Bufoni is one of the most Instagram loved skateboarders in the world. But don’t let that change your concept of her talent. She is willing to risk injury and spend times in the hospital to push her skills. Oh, she also became the first female event champion of Nike’s Street League Super Crown.

8. Ivan Monteiro

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Ivan Monteiro is what the future of skateboarding looks like. He is young, charismatic and very talented. He is consistenyl in the top ten in all of his competitions and he should definitely be proud.

9. Tiago Lemos

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Tiago Lemos is one of the rawest skateboarders in the sport. His style is so unique and impressive that he has caught the eyes and money of corporate sponsors. Tbh, that’s what all athletes want: to make money doing what they love.

10. Kelvin Hoefler

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Kelvin Hoefler is another skateboarder that doesn’t brag about his skills. Instead, he just let’s his skateboarding skills speak for themselves. Since he broke out into the scene, he has been a fierce and well-known competitor on the skateboarding scene.

11. Carlos Iqui

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Carlos Iqui uses his technical skills to launch full-on assaults against the competition. Iqui’s videos show his masterful take on any trick, flip, or skill known to skateboarders. He is someone who will change the face of skateboarding, for sure.

12. Daniel Cuervo

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Skater Daniel Cuervo is absolutely on fire. He was the first pro skater to come out of the Dominican Republic and now he’s competing amongst the greatest with insanely consistent runs. His style is so effortless he makes skating half-pipes look easy.

13. Nelson Garza

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This skater from throws it down in the streets. Hitting huge handrails and getting tech on ledges is what he does best. After putting together an insane ten-minute part for Converse, its obvious he’s here to make a mark.

14. Jhancarlos Gonzalez

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Jhancarlos Gonzalez turned Colombia into his personal skatepark. From stair sets in shopping centers to huge drops in residential neighborhoods. His effortless style and massive pop makes for some very interesting video parts.

15. Juan Carlos Aliste

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Skateboarder Juan Carlos Aliste continues to build up his name in the skate community with the smoothest style imaginable and incredible catches on every trick. Juan Carlos never has to worry about snapping boards because he always lands bolts.

16. Matias Dell Olio

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Matias Dell Olio went from tearing up the streets of Mar de Plata to riding with Nike. It won’t be long before he starts taking gold amongst the best in the world.

17. Santiago Rodriguez

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Beginning his career in Uruguay, Santiago Rodriguez has developed an unparalleled determination to land the techest tricks in skateboarding. His Transworld part is a great example of his skills. While combining four tricks into one may sound impossible to some, but it’s just another day’s work for Rodriguez.

18. Pamela Rosa

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Pamela Rosa has a fast paced and flawless style. She is amongst the greatest in the world competing in Street League and finishing on the podium at X Games.

19. Eugenia Ginepro

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Hailing from Argentina, Eugenia Ginepro is now making waves all over the world. Nobody can compete when it comes to lines. The only thing greater than her consistency is her footwork when skating vert.

20. Anacleta Rendón

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This skater perfected her style in the streets of Colombia. With effortless flow in vert and the cleanest grinds on any rail or ledge, she is ready to throw down at any spot that gets in her way.

Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Opens Up About Netflix’s Speculation Over The Football Player’s Sexuality

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Opens Up About Netflix’s Speculation Over The Football Player’s Sexuality

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“Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez” is a new Netflix docu-series that explores the life of late football player Aaron Hernandez. The docu-series has sparked a lot of controversy over how the director explored Hernandez’s sexuality. Now, his family members are finally speaking out.

Aaron Hernandez’s brother spoke with Dr. Oz about the documentary highlighting his brother’s brain injuries.

Jonathan Hernandez was asked to help with the Netflix docu-series but turned down the offer because he didn’t feel right about it. However, he does think some part of the docu-series are important.

“I think there’s so much tragedy within this and things that can be gained for other people’s benefit that the dollar amount was the least significant thing,” Jonathan told Dr. Oz. “It’s more so what was at hand and what can we collectively do so someone who is growing up isn’t in this situation in the near future or down the road.”

Aaron’s fiancée also opened up about the docu-series and the tragedy surrounding Aaron.

Shayanna Jenkins also confirms that Netflix approached her for the docu-series and offered her compensation but she didn’t want to participate. Instead, she wanted to keep moving forward with her life.

“If he did feel that way or if he felt the urge, I wish that I — I was told,” Jenkins told ABC. “And I wish that he — you know, he would’ve told me ’cause I wouldn’t — I would not have loved him any differently. I would have understood. It’s not shameful and I don’t think anybody should be ashamed of who they are inside, regardless of who they love. I think it’s a beautiful thing, I just wish I was able to tell him that.”

Fans of Aaron are upset with the docu-series and how they handled themselves in the making of the show.

A lot of the show talks about Aaron’s perceived sexuality and how it factored into his crimes. The docu-series has been criticized for bringing up a very sensitive subject when Aaron is not around to defend himself.

The obsession with his sexuality is really upsetting people.

There is nothing wrong with someone’s sexuality. However, to attach a sexuality to a person who is dead is a low blow.

Out of all the noise surrounding Aaron, one person is being praised for their resilience.

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What do you think about the docu-series about Aaron Hernandez and his life?

READ: New Investigative Report Reveals Aaron Hernandez’s Gay Relationship And His Erratic Behavior With NFL Players

A New Study Shows That Diehard Soccer Fans Are Putting Themselves At A Risk Of A Heart Attacks From Stress

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A New Study Shows That Diehard Soccer Fans Are Putting Themselves At A Risk Of A Heart Attacks From Stress

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That fútbol stress is real you guys, like, physically real. A study revealed that soccer fans experience such intense levels of physical stress while they watch their team, they could be putting themselves at risk of a heart attack. You read that right. Fútbol fans get so invested in their team’s games that they are putting themselves at physical risk.

They don’t call it ‘la pasión’ for nothing. 

Growing up Latino, you definitely jumped when your dad and tíos got over-excited screaming “GOL” during fútbol matches.  Eventually, we joined in. Now, it turns out that the stress and the nerve-wracking anticipation of what’ll happen next are actually damaging. Like, for real.  A study by the University of Oxford suggested that fans of soccer are putting themselves under some serious stress when they watch their team.

The Oxford study tested saliva from Brazilian fans during their historic loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

The study found levels of the hormone cortisol rocketed during the 7-1 home defeat in the semi-final.

Particularly devoted fans are more at risk of experiencing dangerous levels of the ‘fight or flight’ hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is a hormone commonly associated with stress. ‘Fans who are strongly fused with their team – that is, have a strong sense of being ‘one’ with their team – experience the greatest physiological stress response when watching a match,’ Dr. Martha Newson, a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, University of Oxford, told BBC. ‘Fans who are more casual supporters also experience stress, but not so extremely.’ This study was published in the journal Stress and Health.

This increase in blood pressure and strain on the heart can be very dangerous.

The researchers found no difference in stress levels between men and women during the game, despite preconceptions men are more “bonded to their football teams”.

Raised cortisol can also give people a feeling of impending doom.

This feeling of doom can be defined as a sense that their life is in danger or they are under attack. Previous research has shown an increase in heart attacks among fans on important match days, whether supporting club or country. Prolonged high levels of cortisol can: constrict blood vessels, raise blood pressure and damage an already weakened heart.

There are many health conditions tied to extreme stress that hardcore football fans should be aware of. 

While cortisol is essential to responding to life’s daily stresses, too much cortisol over time can result in a suppressed immune system (more coughs and colds and even allergies), weight gain, and heightened blood pressure with a significant risk of heart disease. Bottom line, all this soccer-induced stress can be pretty dangerous.

In their study, the University of Oxford researchers tracked cortisol levels in 40 fans’ saliva before, during and after three World Cup matches

The most stressful by far was the semi-final. “It was a harrowing match – so many people stormed out sobbing,” Dr Newson told BBC. But the fans had used coping strategies such as humor and hugging to reduce their stress, bringing it down to pre-match levels by the final whistle.

It’s not all bad news though, experts suggest that these findings might be helpful in identifying fans who are at risk. 

From our research, we may be better equipped to identify which fans are most at risk of heart attacks,’ says Newson. ‘Clubs may be able to offer heart screenings or other health measures to highly committed fans who are at the greatest risk of experiencing increased stress during the game.’

The findings could also be relevant to improving crowd management strategies. 

Passionate soccer fans around the world have been known to engage in violent behaviors, such as hooliganism and other aggressive clashes. The findings could also be relevant to improving crowd management strategies.

The study ‘Devoted fans release more cortisol when watching live soccer matches’ can be read in the journal Stress and Health.

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