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Shes Only 5’3″, But This Latina Olympian Is Not To Be Messed With

This is Angelica Delgado.

Haven't worn a dress in like a year ? girls night! @lokita_peruana @vaniabel @albagabrielaa

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The 25-year-old Miami native is the number one ranked female judo fighter in the United States’ 52 kg weight class.

And according to the International Judo Federation, Delgado is the 19th ranked judoka in the world.

What’s a Judoka?

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This is Angelica taking down her competition.

Angelica is the one in white.

When she’s not training or competing to maintain her top ranked position, Angelica takes time out to have fun.

Be ONE with the #tube

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She’s about to have more fun than she’s ever had in her life.

WIPE OUT ?

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Angelica Delgado is set to make her Olympic debut at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. It’s been her dream since she was 9 years old.

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While most kids that age fill their their free time with video games, Angelica was filling her shelf with medals and trophies.

Never too late for a little #tbt

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Judo is life in the Delgado family.

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Her father, Miguel Angel Delgado, was a rising star of Cuba’s national judo team. Unfortunately, Miguel had to flee Cuba.

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His sacrifice opened up the door for Angelica to pursue the sport.

Eventhough this day is everyday for me… Happy World Judo Day! #worldjudoday #pornstachedad

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Thanks to his encouragement and her passion, the Olympics went from dream to reality.

My city #miami #roadtorio2016

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Getting to this point hasn’t been easy.

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Training has been brutal.

And she’s done it all while working for her degree from the Florida International University in Miami.

STATS 2 ???

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Delgado is double majoring in psychology and health services administration.

But she’s just about to prove to the world that’s she ready to bring home the gold.

“I know most expect me to be content just being an Olympian, but for me, this is only the beginning.”

I always knew I would make it, I just never knew how hard it would be. My dad used to teach me judo in the backyard of our house when I was 9 years old. The first judo school my dad ever took me to was owned and operated by another Cuban exile (like most of Miami) named Lorenzo Mesa. He passed away a few years ago and I never had the chance to thank him for teaching me the most important lesson in judo… How to fall and get back up. My whole life I have fallen. I have been beaten down both mentally and physically. Yet, I have always loved the struggle. The one thing that has always come natural to me is proving people wrong. The first coach that ever believed in me (aside from my dad) was German Velazco. He saw how bad I wanted it and that I was willing to work harder than anyone. Since moving to Ki-itsu-sai National Training Center in 2003 Jhonny Prado has personally paid for any judo tournament I wanted/ needed to get too. After I failed to make the Olympic team in 2012 I sought the help of a sports psychologist and physical trainer. Dr. Gilberto Gonzalez and Jesus Gallo brought me to a mental and physical level I never thought I could acheive. Aside from training me and not charging me a dime in 4 years, they did something extraordinary… They made me believe in myself. All of these people, my family, make me feel beyond blessed. I made this team because I am stubborn and because God blessed me with the best team I could've prayed for. As a little girl watching my dad's old judo tapes I always knew I would be there some day. I know most expect me to be content just being an Olympian, but for me, this is only the beginning. #roadtorio2016 THANK YOU ❤️❤️❤️ Marilu Prado Jhonny Prado Gilberto Patricio Gonzalez Lia Hatashita Jimmy Pedro

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Angelica Delgado competes for the gold on Aug 7.

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READ: Her Parents Couldn’t Afford Running Shoes, Now She’s An Olympian

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These Curly Chicas Taught Me How to Embrace My Natural Hair

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These Curly Chicas Taught Me How to Embrace My Natural Hair

I LOVE every single piece of bouncy hair on my head and wouldn’t trade my ‘fro for the world. It wasn’t always like that, though. It took patience, research and a great dose of inspiration to truly fall in love with my natural hair. I owe much of the appreciation for my awesome hair to these curly chicas and their spot-on tips.

“Find a natural hair salon.” – Vilma Peguero

When you need your wisdom teeth removed, you don’t go to a philosopher, do you? Same logic applies to hair. Black Latina Negra Bella co-founder Dania Peguero would had never begun her natural hair care journey if it hadn’t been for the salon experts who taught her how!

“Give your hair some loving.” – Alba Ramos

Having beautiful, healthy, shiny-looking curls takes time and love. But it is totally worth it. Sun Kiss Alba was the first person to share with me the basics of curly hair care, and I’m pretty sure you’ll love her videos, too! She covers everything from maintenance and cleansing to cute hairstyles, just for curly hair.

“YOU ARE NOT ALONE.” – Carolina Contreras

Miss Rizos isn’t just a beauty blogger, she’s an activist who works day and night to educate women from all over the globe on how to care for their pajones (she heads up a natural hair salon in Santo Domingo), as well as how to embrace who they are, culturally and racially, with absolute pride. Not always an easy task, but definitely a rewarding one.

“Clap your hair.” – Ona Diaz-Santin

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Wait, what? Yeah, clapping your hands with your hair between you palms after styling and when your hair is fully dry is Ona’s, a.k.a. The Hair Saint’s, secret for bouncier, fuller, lovelier curls. This woman is a true curly hair magician!

“Use your fingers.” – Bianca Alexa

Ditch your comb! It’ll only mess with your natural hair structure. Your very own fingers are actually your best friends for detangling and styling your curls.

“Forget shampoo.” – Rocio Mora

If you must shampoo your hair, go for a paraben-and-silicon-alcohol-free option. Better yet, stick with natural hair products and ditch your shampoo altogether. Let conditioners and deep scalp managers take care of your cleansing and moisturizing needs without stripping your beautiful hair of its natural, protective oils.

“Chop it.” – Mel Burgos

We curly chicas can sometimes feel like our hair just isn’t growing fast enough, which makes us super afraid of cutting it. The thing is, the only way to keeping curls healthy, in shape–and YES, longer–is by trimming it every every eight weeks or so.

“Mix and match.” – Ada Rojas

Lose your fear of natural products; your hair will forever be grateful! Also, because each chica’s curls are created differently, it’s best to experiment with different hair product cocktails until you find the ones that work the best for you.

Here’s to great hair days, every day!

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READ: 11 Valuable Life Lessons Learned At The Hair Salon

Are there any other curly hair tips that’ve worked wonders for you? Share, share, share!

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