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10 Famous Hispanic Athletes

Spanish class project
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Ben Weiland

on 8 November 2012

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Famous Hispanic Athletes By: Ben Weiland Roberto Clemente Born in Carolina, Puerto Rico
Roberto helped earn money by delivering milk cans to neighbors
Played baseball with the neighborhood kids at a young age
Attended Vizcarondo High School in Carolina
First year in high school, he was recruited by Roberto Marin to play softball
Played baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career Achievements: 3,000 hits (exactly), NL MVP award, 15 time all-star, Gold Glove award
2 time World Series Champion
Died in horrible plane crash Rafael Nadal Born in Manacor, Majorca, Spain
His uncle, a former professional tennis player, introduced him to tennis when he was three years old
Because Rafael was a promising soccer player his uncle intensified his tennis training
Once choosing tennis he stoped playing soccer right away
Career prize money: $50,061,827
2nd all-time leader in earnings
Career record: 583–122 (82.70%)
Career titles: 50
Current ranking: No. 4 Lionel Messi Born in Rosario, Santa Fe Province
Age of five, Messi started playing football for Grandoli, a local club
Switched to Newell's Old Boys, who were based in his home city Rosario. Only lost 1 match in the next four years there
Age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency
Plays for Barcelona
2009 he won FIFA World Player of the Year
1st player to score 5 goals in one match in UEFA Champions League history Oscar De La Hoya His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr. and brother Joel Jr. were all boxers
Began boxing at the age of six
Graduated from James A. Garfield High School
Nicknamed "The Golden Boy"
Won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games
Defeated 17 world champions
Won ten world titles in six different weight classes
Generated more money than any other boxer in history
Record: 39-6 Juan (Chi Chi) Rodriguez Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Helped the family by earning money as a water carrier on a sugar plantation
Early on he became a caddy
Would take a branch from a guava tree and turn it into a golf club, and used a metal can as a golf ball
When Rodríguez was 19, he joined the United States Army and visited nearby golf coarses
First Puerto Rican to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame
Professional wins: 38
Has 8 PGA Tour wins and 22 Champions Tour wins Pau Gasol Born in Barcelona, Spain
The day Magic Johnson announced he was HIV-Positive he wanted to become a doctor
He still had a love for basketball and when he was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies his family moved to America
Before moving to America he played in Europe
Played for Memphis from 2001-2008 and since then has played for the LA Lakers
Still visits hospitals and is still very into medicine
2× NBA champion (2009–2010)
4× NBA All-Star (2006, 2009–2011)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2002)
FIBA World Championship MVP (2006)
EuroBasket MVP (2009)
7× European Player of the Year Juan Pablo Montoya Born in Bogotá, Colombia
Taught the techniques of karting from an early age by his father Pablo that got him interested
He competes in NASCAR
Has 2 wins in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 1 win in NASCAR Nationwide Series, and 7 wins in Formula One World Championship
1999 Champ Car Rookie of the Year
2000 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Rookie of the Year
2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year
1998 Formula 3000 Champion
1999 CART FedEx Championship Series Champion
2000 Indianapolis 500 Winner
2003 Monaco Grand Prix Winner Alberto Salazar Born in Cuba
When Salazar's family moved to America they moved to Wayland, Massachusetts
Competed in track and field in high school
Best known for his performances in the New York City Marathons in the early 1980s, American track records of 13:11.93 for 5,000 m and 27:25.61 for 10,000 m
State cross country champion in 1975
Went to the University of Oregon where he won numerous All American honors, was a member of the 1977 NCAA cross country championship team, won the individual NCAA cross country championship in 1978
Finished third in the Olympic Trials 10,000 meter race to make the 1980 Olympic team and broke the American indoor 5,000 meter record in February, 1981 at the Millrose Games in New York with a time of 13:22.6
Now is a track and field coach Anthony Munoz Born in Ontario, California
Went to Chaffey High School and went to college at USC where he also played baseball
Third overall pick as a first round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals where he played offensive tackle
Missed just three games during his first 12 seasons
Played in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII (both loses)
Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1981, 1987, and 1988 and was awarded the NFL Players Association Lineman of the Year honors in 1981, 1985, 1988, and 1989
11 time pro-bowler, 9 time AP first team, NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, and NFL 1980s All-Decade Team Scott Gomez Born in Anchorage, Alaska
When he was five his father brought him to a hockey game and he thought it looked like fun
He soon wanted to quit because he didn't know how to skate
At the age of 16, he finished second in scoring at South Surrey high school
Was named league rookie of the year and helped his team to finish runner-up at the Canadian Junior A National Championship
Often was a target of racial slurs because of the rarity of his race in the sport
Scott Gomez was drafted by the New Jersey Devils as their #1 draft choice
In his first season, Scott Gomez led all NHL rookies with 70 points (19 goals, 51 assists).
Won the Stanley Cup
Has played with Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, and the New York Rangers
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