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NASCAR’s Only Latino

When you think Mexico, you don’t really think of NASCAR, but the stock car racing empire has been in Mexico at least long enough for Germán Quiroga to be the only driver to win three consecutive series titles in his home country. Now trying his hand in the U.S. series, Quiroga talks with us about his journey and what it’s like being the only Latin American in NASCAR.

 

 

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David Beckham: ¡Bienvenido A Miami!

It seems like a paradox: Miami has a large Latino population, but no professional soccer team. What will it take to bring a profitable soccer team to the magic city? Could it be – David Beckham? Maria Hinojosa talks to Cesar Diaz about why the sport might need an international high-roller and what a new futból team could mean for Miami.

 

C1_Cesar Diaz PicCesar Diaz is the Editor-in-Chief for LatinoSports.com & ThisIsCosmosCountry.com. With his family DNA scattered throughout Latin America, he’s never paid for lodging. His tools consist of Cafe Bustelo, Pen, Pad, Humor, Patience, Cantinflas/Chapulin Colorado films and his trusty laptop, Rocinante. Easily approachable, follow him at @CesarDiazNYC or simply email him at CDiazNYC@gmail.com.

 

 

Rico Roman: My Olympic Dream

Who are the Latinos who are representing us at the Olympics in Sochi? Rico Roman is a US veteran who was injured while on his third tour in Iraq. He told Maria about his injury, recovery and success in becoming a sled hockey player in the upcoming Paralympics in Sochi.


rico romanRico Roman is a member of the US Paralympic Sled Hockey team. He is a US Army veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He currently resides in Wincrest, Texas with his wife and two children.

California Surfer Teaches Kids To Ride With Soul

J.P. Garcia shouldn’t love surfing. With a mom who preferred pools and dad who was scared of the water, no one could have guessed that Garcia would become a “soul surfer”—a surfer who is in touch with nature. But not only has he become a talented surfer, he has also started to pass along his knowledge and skillsets onto the next generation. Diane Bock reports from Santa Barbara, California.

 

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Diane Bock is an independent radio producer who enjoys surfing in tropical water.

Baseball’s International Neighbors

Despite Cuba’s track record of culling baseball talent, players on the island still make about as much money as an average construction worker. So it’s not surprising that one of their best players, 26-year-old center fielder Rusney Castillo, has defected from his home country in the hopes of signing with a Major League team in the U.S. This comes just months after Cuba’s recent change in policy allowing its players to sign with foreign leagues. But with the U.S. embargo on Cuba still on the books, Cuba will have to do much more to keep its star sluggers from leaving home and heading to the fame and fortune of the American dugout.

 

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Running Tips From A Latina All-Star

How do you embark on an adventure? Take it one step at a time!

Next month, Maria Hinojosa is doing something she’s never done before — training for a race! Ahead of her first 5k, we called all-star runner Brenda Martinez for some training tips.

 Photo courtesy of New Balance. 

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At the recent IAAF Track & Field World Championships in Moscow, Brenda Martinez became the first American woman to win a medal in the 800m. She ran her personal best and won the bronze medal. Martinez, 25, is from Rancho Cucamongo, CA and the only Latina on the national track and field team. Martinez started running at five years old and became the first person in her family to go to college when she attended UC-Riverside. She won the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 1,500m and was a three-time NCAA All-American. Photo courtesy of Getty Images. 

The Real Spelunkers Of Puerto Rico

Forget the beaches ­– some of Puerto Rico’s most stunning natural environments are actually located under your feet. Our producer Marlon Bishop visits one of the island’s 2000 caves with a team of hardened local spelunkers on a journey in search of indigenous cave art. After a long journey hacking through the jungle with machetes, they arrive at a rarely-visited cave where Taino shaman may have once performed the sacred cohoba ritual.

This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.

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Marlon Bishop_new headshotMarlon Bishop is a radio producer, writer, and reporter based in New York. His work is focused on music, Latin America, New York City and the arts. He is a frequent contributor to WNYC, Studio 360, The World, Latino USA and MTV Iggy. He is an Associate Producer for Afropop Worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bigger, Faster, Stronger: Latinas in Sports

Maria Hinojosa talks to Mexican soccer team member Anisa Guajardo and sports and fitness writer Laanna Carrasco about Latinas in sports, and the self-determination it takes to win.

C2_Anisaphoto2_Courtesy Anisa GuajardoAnisa Guajardo plays soccer for the Boston Breakers as well as the Mexican national soccer team.

C2 Laanna_on_steps courtesy Laanna CarrascoLaanna Carrasco is a sports and fitness writer. Her profile of Anisa Guajardo appeared in the most recent issue of Bigger Faster Stronger magazine.

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