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11 Remarkable Accomplishments by Latinos in Sports

Sports have a way of bringing people together from all backgrounds. But this wasn’t always the case, especially for minorities who have been fighting for a seat at the table since the late 1800s. Thanks to trailblazers like Esteban Bellan and Judd Castro who led the way for Latino players in U.S. sports, Latino players represent upwards of 28% in Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, representation of Latinos across other sports remains staggeringly low and although Latinos still remain a minority within professional athletics, their achievements are nothing from ordinary.

The Best Female Athlete of 2018

“I am struggling to stand up because my legs are shaking so much” were Caterine ibarguen’s words when she was named the World Female Athlete of the year by the IAFF. Colombian born, Caterine has won two Olympic Medals and multiple world championships on triple jump, and shows no signs of stopping.


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Catherine’s success is a combination of her 3.6ft long legs, her  slim body, the concentration she puts on every of her jumps (in which she rarely commits faults) , the speed she is able to achieve, and her arm technique. The best jump she has achieved was in Monaco, where her legs took her 50.22 ft long. Can’t wait to see more of her!

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The First Latino Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Before Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker became the first Latino inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, he led an astonishing personal and professional career. Walker ranks among the best players of all time with 15 All-Star games and two World Series Championships with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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He received the National League MVP award in 1966 followed by the World Series MVP in 1971. During the off-season, Clemente participated in charity work in Latin America and the Caribbean. The baseball legend died at a young age in a plane crash while he was delivering earthquake aid to Nicaragua. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame following his tragic death in 1973.

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Laurie Hernandez Steals Our Hearts and Wins Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics

One of the youngest gymnasts to earn a spot on a U.S. Olympic team, sixteen-year-old Laurie Hernandez became an American sweetheart during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero. Not only was she part of the gold-medal winning team better known as the “Final Five”, she also was a silver-winning medalist on the balance beam.

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Hernandez stayed in the spotlight when she competed on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars where she was the show’s youngest winner. After taking time off after the summer Olympics, Hernandez is ready to start competing again and plans on debuting her comeback in 2019.

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Anthony Robles with Three NCAA All-American Wrestling Championships and Two ESPY Awards

Despite being born with only one leg, Anthony Robles has overcome various obstacles to become a legend in the wrestling world. Robles finished as a 3-time All-American and the 2011 NCAA National Champion while wrestling for Arizona State University.

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Robles continued on to win two ESPY awards in 2011; one for the best male athlete with a disability and the award for perseverance. Although his days on the mat are behind him, he continues to inspire others as a motivational speaker, wrestling analyst for ESPN and the Pac-12 Network, author, and a Nike Athlete.

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Holding the Title of #1 Female Golfer from 2007-2010

Mexican professional golfer Lorena Ochoa Reyes, played on the U.S.-based LPGA tour from 2003-2010 where she was ranked the #1 female golfer from 2007-2010. Ochoa is considered the best Latin American female golfer of all time and her legacy became official when she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Her achievements don’t stop there and in 2008 she became the host of a new annual LPGA event, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Proceeds from this tournament held at her original home course, Guadalajara Country Club, support the Lorena Ochoa Foundation that operates a primary school in Guadalajara for underprivileged students.

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First Latino to Own a Major Sports Team in the United States

Arturo “Arte” Moreno became the first Latino to own a major sports team in the U.S. when he purchased the Anaheim Angels in 2003. Since then, he’s signed on several premium players, seen three consecutive winning seasons for the club from 2007-2009, and ushered the team to 6 American League Western Division wins since 2004. Now, Moreno has his eyes set on winning a World Series with the Anaheim Angels.

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His legacy doesn’t stop with baseball, Moreno is a professional businessman putting his marketing degree to good use as the Chief Executive Officer of the company Outdoor Systems. The Moreno family are also philanthropists and with the Moreno Family Fund, they help at-risk youth find stability and the resources they need to succeed in life.

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Amy Rodriguez with Two Gold Soccer Olympic Medals and a World Cup Title

Amy Rodriguez has unarguably left her mark on the sport of soccer. With an Olympic gold medal in 2008 and 2012 and a World Cup title in 2015, she has overcome major injuries and effortlessly juggled motherhood all while scoring some of the most important goals in U.S. Women’s National Soccer history.

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After taking a year off to recover from a torn ACL, Rodriguez took the field once again this year playing for the Utah Royals FC in the National Women’s Soccer League as a forward. Rodriguez was unsure if she would return the same player she was before her injury, but thanks to her persistence and dedication, she has provided a solid performance for the team.

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Colombian Football Player Becomes Head Coach of the Houston Dynamo

Retired Colombian football defender Wilmer Cabrera became the first Latin American head coach of a U.S. national team when he was hired by the Major League Soccer Houston Dynamo. In Cabrera’s first year, he took the Dynamo from last place in the division to the conference final in 2017.

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Don’t take our word for it, Cabrera was honored by Sports Illustrated as one of the 30 most influential Hispanics in sports in 2017.  Cabrera and his Dynamo players are giving it their all this year and there is no telling where his career might take him.

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Rebecca Lobo Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame

As a former women’s basketball player in the WNBA, Rebecca Lobo officially went down in history when she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2010. Lobo’s achievements started early when she became the youngest member of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team to win a gold medal in 1996.

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Lobo completed a successful and inspiring seven-year WNBA career as a center with the New York Liberty, Houston Comets, and Connecticut Sun. Lobo retired in 2003 and joined ESPN as a WNBA and women’s college basketball reporter and color analyst.

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Juan Manuel Fangio With Five World Titles on the Speedway

Juan Manuel Fangio, better known as El Chueco (“the bowlegged one”) or El Maestro (“the master”), was a leading figure in the sports formative years. The Formula One “Godfather” won five championships between 1951 and 1957 with four different teams (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Maserati).

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Winning 24 of the 51 Grands Prix he competed in, Fangio was a leader of the sport during a time where peril was inevitable. Regardless of several major accidents and close incidents, Fangio still holds the highest winning percentage in Formula One.

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The First and Only Swimmer to Represent the United States in Five Olympic Games

Five-time Olympic swimmer and 12-time medalist Dara Torres is the first and only swimmer to compete in five Olympics. Age ain’t nothing but a number for Torres who became the oldest swimmer to ever compete in the Olympic games at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

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Although she no longer competes, Torres still holds the U.S. record for the 50m freestyle. She continues to be a role model for others as a top-selling author, motivational speaker, model, and TV personality.

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Emanuel Ginobili With Four NBA Titles and One Olympic Title

Emanuel Ginobili, better known as Manu to his fans, is an Argentine retired professional basketball player. His 23-season professional career began with seven seasons in Argentina and Europe. He continued his impressive career with the San Antonio Spurs where he won four NBA championships and was named an All-Star in 2005 and 2011.

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With his recent retirement from the sport, he’s still only one of two basketball players to receive a EuroLeague title, an NBA Championship, and an Olympic Gold Medal. He plans on staying close to the team and the franchise and contributing to the Spurs in anyway that he can.

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Vanessa Bryant Suing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Over Leaked Photos Of Kobe And Gianna

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Vanessa Bryant Suing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Over Leaked Photos Of Kobe And Gianna

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Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department alleging violation of privacy. The lawsuit stems from behavior by the officers at the scene of her husband and daughter’s death.

Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

On Jan. 26, a helicopter carrying Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Payton and Sarah Chester, Alyssa, Keri, and John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan crashed in the Calabasas hills. The sudden death devastated those who knew Kobe and the city of Los Angeles that mourned his death for months after.

Vanessa was shocked to hear that the sheriff deputies took photos of her husband’s and daughter’s bodies at the crash site.

“This lawsuit is about accountability and about preventing this disgraceful behavior from happening to other families in the future who have suffered loss,” Vanessa’s attorney, Luis Li, said in a statement. “The department formally refused Mrs. Bryant’s requests for information, saying it was ‘unable to assist’ with any inquiry and had no legal obligation to do so. It’s now for a court to tell the department what its obligations are.”

Bryant is suing the department claiming damages for emotional distress, negligence, and invasion of privacy.

Kobe fans are upset with the LACSD and the allegations that the deputies took these photos.

According to TMZ, Sheriff Alex Villanueva knew about the photos taken by eight deputies and shared within the department. They were also shared in the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation. Sheriff Villanueva told the deputies to delete the photos from their phones and felt confident they did so.

A trainee allegedly shared the photos with a woman in a bar.

A witness to the event said that a trainee took out his phone and showed a woman the photos to impress her. The bartender overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint about the trainee and their behavior with the photos. The trainee showed the woman the photos a few days after the crash leading many to believe that the sheriff’s department was fully aware of the photos.

Kobe fans are standing behind Vanessa as she follows through with her lawsuit.

Reports state that the sheriff’s department told deputies to delete the images to avoid disciplinary action. The coverup is sparking outrage by Kobe fans who are angered that the department did not do enough to protect the dignity and privacy of all of the victims of the crash.

Mitú will update this story as it continues to develop.

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The Climbing Cholitas Of Bolivia Scale Mountains In Skirts And Snow

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The Climbing Cholitas Of Bolivia Scale Mountains In Skirts And Snow

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In the capital city of La Paz, Bolivia 11 Indigenous women have set out to climb higher than the sexist expectations of their world. The women come from an Indigenous group known for their bowler hats and brightly ornate clothing. They call themselves the Cholita Climbers and they’re willing to go to great heights to reach their dreams.

Up until recently, the Bolivian Aymara women worked as cooks and caretakers for wealthy families, men, and mountaineers from across the globe.

According to the Guardian, the women worked on high-altitude camps for years helping crews setting out to reach the highest peaks of the Andes. One day, the women decided to strap on crampons (shoes that are necessary for traveling on glaciers, snow slopes, and frozen waterfalls) and scale the mountains on their own.

While “Chola” is often interpreted as a derogatory term for indigenous women in certain Spanish-speaking countries, the Climbing Cholitas have taken back the word and found power in it. As a group (whose members range from 24 to 52 years old), the women weather the dangers of icy mountain terrains while holding on to ice axes and wearing their traditional dresses.

In some incredible pictures taken of the woman, they can be seen wearing colorful dresses called polleras.

The women have set out to climb the highest peaks in South America, including Aconcagua. For the time being, they’re setting their sights on scaling eight mountains higher than 19,700 ft.

Speaking about their experiences Dora Magueño, a 50-year-old member of the group, told the Guardian that she cried when she first climbed Huyana Potsí. “I’m strong, I’m going to continue and get to the top of eight mountains.”

Ultimately, the group wants to steak a Bolivian flag on the summit of Aconcagua. The mountain is located in the Argentinian Andes near the border with Chile.

Check out a video of the women below!

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