Posts in category "Olympics"

Olympics 2012: In Mexico, kids celebrate soccer gold

All photos by Teresa Puente
Mexico celebrated the national soccer team winning the gold medal Saturday at the Olympics in London. Here in the Costa Alegre, or Happy Coast, where I am traveling in Mexico, all eyes were on the television as Mexico won its first ever Olympic medal in soccer. After the game, a group of children went to... Read more »

Olympics 2012: Mexico soccer team to fight for gold

Olympics 2012: Mexico soccer team to fight for gold
Mexico will play for the gold medal in soccer Saturday at the Olympics in London. The national team defeated Japan Tuesday morning 3 to 1 guaranteeing they will play in the final and at least win a silver medal. Cheers went up in the cafe where I watched the game today as I’m traveling in... Read more »

Olympics 2012: Gymnasts Orozco, Leyva live the American Dream

Olympics 2012: Gymnasts Orozco, Leyva live the American Dream
The U.S. men’s gymnastics team had high hopes of winning Olympic team gold. Fifth place is a disappointment for this team. But there are still two stars on the team who have lived the American Dream. They are Latino gymnasts John Orozco and Danell Leyva. Orozco of Puerto Rican heritage grew up in the hardscrabble... Read more »
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Olympics 2012: Colombia's Lady Andrade no lady

Olympics 2012: Colombia's Lady Andrade no lady
In the Olympics one expects the athletes from around the globe to treat each other with respect. But a women’s soccer player from Colombia, Lady Andrade, didn’t act like a lady when she sucker punched U.S. team player Abby Wambach. Andrade wasn’t penalized during the game. But afterwards she was given a two-game penalty by... Read more »

Olympics 2012: Ryan Lochte Cuban-American winner

Olympics 2012: Ryan Lochte Cuban-American winner
Ryan Lochte won the men’s 400 IM Saturday to the surprise of many beating out golden boy Michael Phelps. But one other surprising thing about the swimmer is that he is Latino. His mother was born in Cuba and married his father who is from the United States. He loves his Cuban grandmother’s cooking, including... Read more »

Olympics 2012: Mexico outfits at Opening Ceremony #FAIL???

Olympics 2012: Mexico outfits at Opening Ceremony #FAIL???
People tend to be patriotic during the Olympics. The outfits the Mexican national team wore during the Opening Ceremony were widely criticized. They were very colorful and used some of the traditional patterns worn by the indigenous of Mexico. But they were designed in bright neon pink, green and orange. They took traditional designs and... Read more »
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Rio or Chicago 2016: a samba teacher with a heart in both places

Edilson Lima is a native of Brazil who works as a samba teacher in Chicago. Rio or Chicago 2016? Who does he want to win the 2016 Summer Olympics? “If Chicago gets it, I’ll be happy because I live here. I think it’s going to be great for the city,” said Lima, 40, who has... Read more »

A concert, a coup and Brazil's bid for the Olympics

Juanes, the Colombian rocker, held a concert for peace in Cuba. The ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, is now holed up in the Brazilian embassy basically a hostage in his own country after he was ousted in a coup. And the president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said his country needs the... Read more »

Would the Olympics benefit Chicago's Latino community?

I was asked to look into this question for Contratiempo magazine, a local Spanish-language publication here in Chicago. I interviewed Hispanic community leaders and politicians for this story. You can link to my story here in Spanish or read it here in English. One of the biggest champions of the 2016 Olympics in the Latino... Read more »
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