Adhemar Ferreira da Silva became the second athlete from Brazil to win an Olympic gold medal when he won the triple jump at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.
Rossana De Los Rios is a famous Paraguayan tennis player. She was junior world champion in 1992. Rossana is married to Gustavo Alfredo Neffa, who was a soccer player. She once said: “I could have gone very far in tennis. In 1992 I won the Junior Roland Garros, but I made decisions and I am happy with my life.” [Gustavo] He played soccer in the Italian and Argentine leagues, with the national team and at the Olympics and he was good at it, but now he talks more about tennis. Times have changed for women and he helps me to be able to play in peace. Now my goal is to get back into the top 100. I’m fine, but for two years I had knee and wrist injuries and had to recover from that. Maybe I’ll retire in a few years and then I’d like to help Paraguayan girls develop and have a future, but by then if I’m among the top 30 maybe I’ll postpone that project.” This athlete was born on September 16, 1975 in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay.
Francisco Cabañas became the first Mexican boxer to win an Olympic medal. He won a silver medal at the Los Angeles Games in 1932.
Claudia Poll Ahrens (Costa Rica) became the first Latin American swimmer in the history of the Olympic Games to win two individual medals at one Games (Sydney’2000). She is the greatest Central American athlete of all time…
Luis Brunetto won the silver medal in the triple jump at the 1924 Paris Games. Argentine Brunetto became the first athlete to win an Olympic medal for his country.
The Brazilian men’s volleyball team won the World Cup in 2007. The champions were Rezende Bruno, Marcelo Elgarten, André Heller, Samuel Fuchs, Gilberto Godoy Filho, Murilo Andres, André Luiz da Silva Nascimento, Sergio Dutra Santos, Anderson Rodrigues, Gustavo Endres, Rodrigo Santana, Dante Guimaraes Amaral.
Xavier Moreno and Jefferson Pérez won gold medals at the Pan American Games in Rio in 2007. The runners are sporting heroes in Ecuador now…
Cali (Colombia) hosted the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in 1975. Final standings: 1.USSR/Soviet Union (currently Russia), 2.Japan, 3.Czechoslovakia (currently Czech Republic/Slovak Republic), 4. Italy, 5. South Korea, 6. Mexico, 7. Colombia, 8. United States, 9. Hungary, 10. Australia, 11. Canada, 12. Brazil, 13. Senegal.
The most popular sports in Mexico are soccer, wrestling, basketball, baseball, athletics, Basque pelota, water sports, tennis, martial arts, boxing, cycling, and horse riding.
Jeanette Campbell (Argentina / swimmer) was the first Latin American athlete to win an Olympic medal. She won the silver medal in the 100m freestyle at the 1936 Berlin Games.
Brazil sent 10 athletes to the 2006 Winter Games in Turin (Italy). The Brazilian delegation had athletes competing in 4 sports: alpine skiing, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing and snowboarding.
Paraguay has had many famous athletes. Who they are: José Luis Chilavert (soccer / one of the best goalkeepers of the 1990s), Víctor Manuel Pecci (tennis), Nery Kennedy (athletics / South American champion), Carlos Gamarra (silver medalist in Olympic soccer, 2004), Ramón Jiménez Gaona (athletics/South American champion)…
Baseball is the national sport of Panama…
Francisco “Morochito” Rodríguez (boxer) is the only Venezuelan athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. Francisco was born on September 20, 1945 in Cumaná, Venezuela (South America).
Montevideo (Uruguay) hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1930. Final ranking: 1.Uruguay, 2.Argentina, 3.Yugoslavia (now Serbia), 4.USA, 5.Chile, 6.Brazil, 7.France, 8.Paraguay, 9.Romania, 10.Peru, 11.Belgium, 12.Bolivia, 13.Mexico.
Gustavo Kuerten was one of the best tennis players in the world. He has won 28 international tournaments (St. Petersburg, Brazilian Open, Auckland, Roland Garros, Monte Carlo, Acapulco, Rome, Hamburg, Cincinnati, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Indianapolis…).
Name: Gustavo Kuerten
Residence: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil)
Idol: Mahatma Gandhi (former human rights activist)
Favorite singer: Bob Marley
Favorite Writer/Author: Paulo Coehlo
Scent: “Eternity” (by Calvin Klein)
Best friends: Carlos Moya (Spanish tennis player), Nicolás Lapentti (Ecuadorian tennis player), Fernando Meligeni (Brazilian player).
Men’s Tennis Association Ranking (1997–2000)