Meet 10 Of Team USA’s Hispanic Athletes In Honor Of Hispanic Heritage Month
by Todd Kortemeier
Eddy Alvarez competes during the gold-medal game against Japan at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 7, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
Beginning Sept. 15 and running through Oct. 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors and celebrates Hispanic and Latino Americans and all their contributions to U.S. society.
The influence of these cultures can be found throughout the United States and on Team USA as well. In looking ahead to a month celebrating Hispanic heritage, here’s a look back at some of the top Hispanic athletes from Team USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Eddy Alvarez, Baseball
The son of Cuban immigrants, Alvarez was born and raised in Miami, where he played baseball alongside a decidedly un-Florida sport, speedskating. What began with rollerblades on South Beach ended on the second step of the medal stand at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi following the 5,000-meter relay. Alvarez then returned to baseball, and after making his Major League Baseball debut in 2020 was selected for the U.S. Olympic Team. Alvarez not only helped Team USA win the silver medal, he was chosen as one of the flag bearers for the U.S. delegation as it made its way into the Opening Ceremony.
Devin Booker at the medal ceremony for the men's basketball final at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 7, 2021 in Saitama, Japan.
Devin Booker, Basketball
Diana Taurasi competes during the women's basketball quarterfinals at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 4, 2021 in Saitama, Japan.
Diana Taurasi, Basketball
Rudy Garcia-Tolson competes in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay - 34 points final at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 30, 2021 in Tokyo.
Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Para swimming
Ariel Torres competes during the men's karate kata ranking round at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 6, 2021 in Tokyo.
Ariel Torres, Karate
Rachel Garcia and Dejah Mulipola pose before the women's gold-medal game at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on July 27, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
Rachel Garcia, Softball
Maggie Steffens competes during the women's preliminary round at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on July 30, 2021 in Tokyo.
Maggie Steffens, Water Polo
Jorge Sanchez celebrates after the men’s wheelchair basketball medal ceremony at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Sept. 5, 2021 in Tokyo.
Jorge Sanchez, Wheelchair Basketball
Anita Alvarez and Lindi Schroeder compete in the artistic swimming duet technical routine at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 3, 2021 in Tokyo.
Anita Alvarez, Artistic Swimming
Angelica Delgado competes during the women's judo 52kg elimination round at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo.