(LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Giant Olympic rings are installed under the walkways of Tower Bridge on June 18, 2012 in London, England. The rings measuring 25 metres by 11 metres will be lowered into view later this month ahead of the London 2012 Olympic games. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images))

London 2012 Olympics – A guide to the top Latino athletes

We are just one month away from the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and London is ready. An installation of giant Olympic rings was lowered into place this morning on the iconic Tower Bridge in London. The installation will share the spotlight with an eight-hundred colorful light bulb display, both of which will remain in position for the duration of the games.

NBCLatino also wants you to be ready! Take a look and learn about five Latino Olympians who are among the favorite in their sports to bring home the gold.

Brenda Villa, Water Polo (Click here)

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Silver medalist and four-time Olympic athlete, Brenda Villa, says she is ready to lead the U.S. water polo team to victory. As the squad captain, she has gained a reputation for being one of the best female water polo players in the world. Villa shares with NBC News how she aspires to be a role model for future athletes after growing up with very few athletes that looked like her.

Joseph Diaz Jr., Boxing (Click here)

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At 19, Joseph Diaz Jr. is the youngest member of the U.S. men’s Olympic boxing team. For the London 2012 Olympic Games he has one goal in mind – to get his parents there. Both of his parents are currently unemployed and as the East Los Angeles native shares, he is doing everything possible to help them financially – even using his Olympics stipend to pay the bills.

Danell Leyva, Gymnastics (Click here)

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Olympic gymnast and 2011 world champion, Danell Leyva, has his eyes set on the gold. Leyva shares with NBC news about escaping from Cuba as a young child and what drives him to be the renowned gymnast that he is today.

Diana and Steven Lopez, Taekwondo (Click here)

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The Lopez siblings are back and are ready break records during the 2012 London Olympics. Steven Lopez will be competing for his third Olympic gold medal. While 2008 bronze medalist Diana Lopez is looking forward to her first Olympic gold. The duo tells NBC news what it was like to grow up in a competitive household of fighters.

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