The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics in London are a day away and U.S. athletes have already taken to Twitter to keep fans abreast of what is going on. Check out the Latino athletes to follow as they prepare to go for the gold.
Ryan Lochte: Many people didn’t know one of the stars of the USA swim team was Cuban, and his mom filled everybody in. But how does he think he’s going to do in London? He says he’s ready to take over.
How’s Lochte Nation today??2 days till opening ceremony!! #jeah! It’s time
— Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte) July 25, 2012
Marlen Esparza: She’s the face of Covergirl and she packs a serious punch. Esparza is on the inaugural team of U.S. women’s boxers and she says beauty is important even though she’s a fighter. “I think if you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good then you fight good,” she says.
ok twitter world im leaving 2 get Gold! thnks every1 tht supports me..Pray for me n i will do everythin I can to mk us proud! God bless!
— Marlen Esparza (@Marlen112Boxing) July 14, 2012
Brenda Villa: Villa, a silver medalist and four-time Olympic athlete, is the leader of the U.S. women’s water polo team as the squad captain, and aspires to be a role model for future athletes after growing up with very few athletes that looked like her.
— brenda villa (@brenda4villa) July 25, 2012
— Danell Johan Leyva (@DanellJLeyva) July 16, 2012
— John Orozco (@JohnW_Orozco) July 24, 2012
Joseph Diaz: At 19, Joseph Diaz Jr. is the youngest member of the U.S. men’s Olympic boxing team and his dream has been to get his parents, who live in Los Angeles, to London.
Great day of training, already at weight. Now time to relax and watch some movies on netflix
— Joseph Diaz (@JosephDiazJr) July 25, 2012
Manuel Huerta: Huerta never stayed in one place long, as he traveled back and forth between Costa Rica and Argentina every six months to train for the London Olympics.
— Manuel Huerta (@trimanny) July 17, 2012
Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks star is shacking with Dream Team 2012 icons as he, Lebron, Kobe, Durant and the rest try to win the gold medal against world competition like Spain and Argentina, which doesn’t fear them.
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) July 11, 2012
Sarah Robles: Joy Robles, Sarah’s mother, will travel alongside her daughter for the first time and see her compete as an Olympic weightlifter. The mother-daughter duo shared with NBC Latino how lifting a twelve pack of soda was the first step toward Olympic gold.
Talking about breaking some American Records in the future really pumps me up!
— Sarah Robles (@roblympian) July 25, 2012
Diana Lopez and Steven Lopez: The Lopez siblings are back, and 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. They told NBC News what it was like to grow up in a competitive household of fighters.
The Lopez’s just landed into London! Nice and sunny! ☀ glad we’re not welcomed with rain!! twitter.com/dianalopez25/s…
— Diana Lopez (@dianalopez25) July 25, 2012