The first Olympic Games Mexico participated in were in 1900. It would be another 24 years before Mexico sent athletes to compete again; however, since then, there have been athletes from Mexico in every Summer Olympic Games.In 1928, Mexico would make its first appearance in the Winter Olympic Games, but has never medaled.
Below, you'll find some interesting facts about Mexico, as well as its athletes' performances in the Olympics:
Mexico's Population: 112 million as of the 2011 Census
Capital: Mexico City, with an estimated population of 22.1 million
Language: While Spanish is the official language of Mexico, there are over 60 indigenous languages, as well.
President: The current president of Mexico is Felipe Caulderon; however, Enrique Pena Nieto will take officer in December.
Currency: The national currency of Mexico is the peso. As of today, it takes 13.69 pesos to make one U.S. dollar.
Location: Mexico is located between the U.S. and South America. It is the 15th largest country in the world, with an area of 761,606 square miles.
First Athlete from Mexico to Win a Medal: Francisco Cabanas Pardo in the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. He was a boxer and didn't receive a lot of support from the government, which was more interested in supporting archery and fencing. Cabanas' mother used her life's savings to pay for Cabanas' transportation to the Games.
Total Medal Count: Mexico has won medals only in the Summer Olympics. Twelve gold, 18 silver, and 25 bronze total up to 55 medals in all.
Event with Most Gold Medals Won: Track and field with three gold medals.
Past Olympic Greats: Humberto Mariles Cortes won the first two gold medals for Mexico in the 1948 London Olympic Games in equestrian individual jumping and equestrian team jumping. Joaquin Capilla Perez won a bronze medal for platform diving in the same games. However, Perez would win both a gold and silver medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games for platform and springboard diving, respectively. Perez also took silver in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games for platform diving. He is the only Olympic athlete from Mexico to win four medals. Maria del Pilar Roldan was the first female Olympic athlete from Mexico to win a medal and it was a silver for fencing.
Hosted Olympic Games: Mexico City hosted the Olympic Games in 1968. There were some great moments, such as when new techniques were seen in the long jump and the high jump. Drug testing was first used during these Games, which saw approximately 5,500 athletes from 112 countries compete.
Top Athletes for 2012 Olympics: There will be 102 athletes from Mexico competing in this year's games. Medal hopefuls include Paola Espinosa - diving; Maria Espinoza - taekwondo; Oscar Molina - boxing; Ingrid Drexel - cycling; and Mexico's soccer team. Paola won bronze in diving and Maria won gold in taekwondo in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Both want to add more medals to their impressive resumes.
My family and I look forward to the Olympics Games and they occupy almost all of our time for the duration of the Games. We love to watch swimming, diving, gymnastics, and the equestrian events.
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