7 Latinas to watch at the London 2012 Olympics
Fierce boxer Marlen Esparza was featured in Vogue recently.
By PRISCILLA RODRIGUEZ
The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kick off tomorrow in London. We’re rooting for Team USA, and these seven Latinas are on the team representing for all of us. Check out this list of athletes you should be watching for over the next few weeks.
You may recognize Esparza as the face of quite a few CoverGirl ads, but this 23-year-old Mexican-American beauty packs a mean punch. Marlen is joining Team USA as the first American woman to qualify for the Olympics in the first year that it will be sponsoring women’s boxing.
At 32, Brenda Villa is a four-time water polo Olympic athlete and is coming on as the squad captain for the U.S. water polo team. Brenda, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
She’s a weightlifter and has been referred to as “the strongest woman in America.” The 23-year-old California girl (whose great-grandparents are from Mexico) is a three-time national champ whose dream is to one day become a coach.