There’s no better time for women to take the front line in the world than right now. With our very own First Lady killing it at the Democratic Convention and Hillary Clinton becoming the first-ever female presidential nominee of a major party, I’d say women are dominating the world… and we are loving it.
This being said, we have a couple of more ladies paving the way for women. This summer we’re going to be at the edge of our seats watching the Olympics. They’re strong, resilient, and made the list for the top four Latina athletes to follow. From field hockey, to judo, to BMX and gymnastics, these Latinas are proving that women are a force to be reckoned with.
Laurie Hernandez (pictured above). Team USA’s Overnight Sensation and youngest member of the “Fierce Five” gymnastics team at 16 years old, will be “sticking it” at the Olympics this year. The Puerto Rican-American gymnast made her breakout performance at the national championships and opened up the door for herself and all her glory.
To earn the title of best female BMX cyclist in the world is a huge deal. To earn Colombia its second gold medal in history during the 2012 Olympic games in London… Let’s just say Mariana Pajon is pretty legit. In a male dominated sport, Pajon has knocked them off the pedestal and made space for women. She’s become Colombia’s own superstar and has opened so many doors.
Two heavyweight world championship medals. That’s all I have to say. Idalys Ortiz, toda Cubana, has been controlling the judo scene since the age of 10, earning a spot on Cuba’s national team at the age of 15. Now 16, Ortiz is going to show what she’s got at the women’s heavyweight division.
Relentless, determined and focused, Las Leonas are stepping into Olympian territory coming for that gold. The Argentinian field hockey team has won seven world championship trophies and over 20 official titles since 2000. You know what they say, team work makes the dream work and like I said, they’re coming for that gold and the rest of the contenders better be ready for it.
If that’s not inspiring to women and Latinas everywhere, I really don’t know what is. And if you’re not inspired yet, make sure you don’t miss it.
And we hear that Comcast’s Xfinity is providing live results and scores and even the ability to specifically follow your favorite athletes.
Go on and conquer, ladies.