Spotlight: 5 Latina Athletes

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Have you heard of these leading Latina athletes? Check them out:

Diana Taurasi
Outstanding basketball player, and  two-time winner of the Big East Player of the Year award. Since her childhood, Taurasi has shown immense talent by winning several awards and tournaments. Now, she is a three-times WNBA champion, six times All-Star champion.

Amy Rodriguez
Rodriguez, a Cuban Futbol soccer player and winner of 3 gold medals and a silver medal, is known for her speed; she is a force to be recognized. Rodriguez has attended the Olympics and FIFA Women Cups, and even had to miss a couple of games during her senior year of college to attend the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Idalys Ortiz
A Cuban judoka, a practitioner of judo, and winner of 16 gold medals and 4 bronze medals, Ortiz has participated in the Olympic Games, World Championship, Panamerican Games and Panamerican Championship. In the 2008 Olympics, she earned the recognition of being the youngest Olympic medalist — at the age of 18! She is a highly accomplished judo athlete, and is one to truly admire if you are into martial arts.

Mariana Pajon
Pajon is a Colombian Olympian gold medalist and highly successful cyclist. She earned her first national title at the age of 5 and first world title at the age of 9.  Better known as La Reina del BMX, Pajon has been riding since the age of three, which has led to gaining several titles, 14 world titles to be exact, and other awards throughout her career. From being called La Reina to La Hormiga Atomica, and/or La reina and Marianita, she is a master at BMX riding.

Monica Puig

Winner of  the Premio Juventud-Nueva Promesa deal Deporte Award, Puig  is a highly accomplished Puerto Rican tennis player. In 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world number, 36. She has won the WTA Tour Championship, International, Panamerican Championships and has participated in the Centroamerican Caribbean Games. In 2010, she became the Puerto Rican athlete of the year.

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