The riveting 2012 Olympics are coming to a close and we followed some of the great Latino Olympians on Team USA from start to finish as they went for the gold. Some succeeded in medaling and others fell short but there is no shame in being one of the best athletes in the world and representing your country. A look back:
Ryan Lochte: Lochte was one of the darlings of the Olympics — both for his cool, laid back attitude and his fierce competition in the pool. The Cuban-American won five medals, including two gold, two silver and one bronze.
Danell Leyva: Leyva has the Olympics in his blood, with both of his parents having competed for Cuba. He won bronze in the men’s individual all-around competition.
Leonel Manzano: Manzano is a simple guy who enjoys hanging out with friends in coffee shops, according to his bio. When he’s not doing that, he can be found winning the silver medal in the men’s 1500 meter competition.
Diana Taurasi: The Argentinian-Italian athlete is one of the top female basketball players in the world and she helped lead the U.S. to the gold.
Brenda Villa: The captain and leader of the U.S. team, Villa helped power her country to the gold, and walks away from women’s water polo as the most decorated athlete in the sport. A true winner.
John Orozco: This Puerto Rican from Bronx, New York came to the Olympics with a great story, made for TV parents rooting from the stands and high expectations. Orozco failed to medal, and while disappointed, said he was honored to be a part of Team USA.
Diana and Steven Lopez: For the first time since taekwondo became an Olympic sport in 2000, the Lopez siblings will be going home without a medal. But the tales of the obstacles they faced make them anything but losers. Steven revealed that he had a broken leg when he fell to his opening round opponent on Friday. His sister lost int he first round and revealed she had a torn meniscus while competing. Two great fighters.
Joseph Diaz Jr: Diaz Jr. impressed in his first round bout but despite a flurry of punches against his second round opponent from Cuba, he lost and the Americans will leave the Olympics without a single boxing medal for the first time.