Posts in category "sports"

Latin Americans break ice at Sochi

Latin Americans break ice at Sochi
You may have heard about the Mexican skier of German royalty at the Sochi Olympics. I wrote a blog post about him when he went to the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. But there are other athletes from Latin America competing this year in the winter games. The Andes mountains stretch through South America after... Read more »

I didn't know anything about hockey 'til I married a Canadian

I didn't know anything about hockey 'til I married a Canadian
Ask me about ice, and I’ll give you a good margarita recipe. Latinos tend to be more interested in soccer, baseball, basketball and football. Less than 10 percent of the hockey audience is Latino. But my appreciation for hockey has changed since I married a Canadian. My husband grew up reading hockey magazines and started... Read more »

Chicago ends Miami's streak: My dad cried and I cheered.

Chicago ends Miami's streak: My dad cried and I cheered.
I was in Miami on the night the Chicago Bulls ended the Miami Heat’s 27- game winning streak. It also was Noche Latina and the two teams wore their Spanglish jerseys, “El Heat,” and “Los Bulls.” The NBA or the ÉNE•BɕA celebrates with its Latino fan base, now at an estimated 15 percent, for the... Read more »
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Olympics 2012: Brenda Villa goes for 4th medal in water polo

Olympics 2012: Brenda Villa goes for 4th medal in water polo
The U.S. women will compete Thursday afternoon for Olympic gold in water polo. And the team captain, Brenda Villa, will hopefully lead them to victory. At 5-feet-4-inches she is the smallest player on the women’s team but she is fierce. Gold or silver, this will be the fourth Olympic medal for Villa. With her team,... Read more »

Olympics 2012: Lopez siblings 1st family of Tae Kwon Do

Olympics 2012: Lopez siblings 1st family of Tae Kwon Do
For Steve and Diana Lopez, the Olympics is all about family. The brother and sister are both competing in Tae Kwon Do in London. “Since we were little, they have instilled the values that a lot of Hispanic families have, that the most important thing is that the family comes first, before anything. I think... Read more »

Olympics 2012: Felix Sanchez wins gold, remembers abuela

Olympics 2012: Felix Sanchez wins gold, remembers abuela
One of the most emotional wins was by Felix Sanchez, born in New York, but who races for the Dominican Republic. He won gold in the 400-meter hurdles Monday at the London Olympics. He had previously won gold in the same race at the Athens Olympics in 2004. He did not win in the Beijing... Read more »
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Olympics 2012: Weightlifter Sarah Robles lifts hopes

Olympics 2012: Weightlifter Sarah Robles lifts hopes
Sarah Robles didn’t win a medal at the London Olympics. But she still is a winner. The weightlifter, who is considered the strongest woman in the United States, came in seventh place Sunday in the 75 plus kilo category. But her struggle to get to the Olympics both financial and personal got her attention and... Read more »

Olympics 2012: Mexican women win two archery medals

Olympics 2012: Mexican women win two archery medals
For the first time, two Mexican women won top medals in the archery competition. Aida Roman, 24, of Mexico City won the silver medal Thursday. She lost the gold in a dramatic tie-breaking shoot-off against Ki Bo-bae of South Korea. But Roman was all smiles after winning her silver medal. Earlier in the competition she... 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 »