Lochte. Orozco. Esparza. Leyva. Villa. The Lopez siblings. These amazing Latino Olympians on Team USA and many more have become fan favorites because of their inspiring stories and gritty determination to be the best in the world. But there are also things about them that you might not know — off the beaten path quirks and factual nuggets, which only add to their considerable star power.
- Ryan Lochte being Latino caught some people off guard but there is more to it. His Cuban abuelita makes him croquetas and he loves some ropa vieja. Must be where he gets his strength and endurance from.
- Danell Leyva’s road to redemption got him a bronze medal. That kind of dedication could only come from someone who was homeschooled and then decided — you know what? — I’m going to teach myself from now on. That’s right. Leyva began teaching himself in the seventh grade.
- John Orozco has adorable Latino parents and an inspiring story. But what he really wants is to have tea with the Queen of England. No big deal.
- Steve Lopez and his sister Diana Lopez literally kick butt in taekwondo. Steve was also asked to be on The Bachelor in 2004. So he clearly looks good while going for the gold. But he is still single, ladies.
- Sarah Robles favorite TV show is Spongebob Squarepants. We should just end the list right here.
- Brenda Villa considers her personal theme song to be “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce.
- Tony Azevedo’s favorite artists are Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Oldies but goodies.
- Joseph Diaz held a car wash to raise money for his parents to travel to the London games.
- And we have to end with Robles, who hearts Spongebob: “Most people don’t know that I can hold things in my forehead wrinkle. Gross huh?”
We love Sarah and the rest of our Latino Olympians from Team USA!