Today’s chido Mexican is Olympic athlete Maria del Rosario Espinoza. Miss Espinosa bestowed Mexico with the honor of a gold medal in Tae Kwon Do in Beijing.
Three days after Guillermo Perez covered himself in glory Maria Espinosa made good on the predictions that situated her among the best in the world, and won the second gold medal for Mexico in Beijing. Maria’s journey to Beijing: Maria won bronze in the Central American games, then went on to be crowned world champ at the Panamerican level . After that she went on to victory in the Beijing Olympics. All this with just 20 years of age. In order to triumph in her first Olympic games Maria had to make many sacrifices. (Maria) “First of all I had to sacrifice my family, the time that I had with them. I had to be apart from them, I was no longer living and sharing with them. I had to leave friends and those closest to me behind. I now had to dedicate my full attention to Tae Kwon do.”
Maria beat her Tunisian opponent 4-0. In the quarter finals she defeated her Swiss contender who did not shake her in the least 4-2 . During the semi finals she beat her British opponent Sarah Stevenson 4-1, an opponent which up to that point she had not defeated. This bout was especially controversial, as the British athlete had been defeated by China’s representative earlier, but due to an appeal sought by her team the decision was modified. This caused Chinese supporters to root for Maria. During the final Maria felt the support & comradery from her fellow compatriots who filled the stands of the Beijing University of Science and Technology. Their warmhearted cheers in her support made her feel at home. She beat her opponent, Norwegian /Korean Nina Solheim 3-1. After emerging victorious the first thing Maria did was graciously hug her opponent. She remained graceful and poised until the moment when she received congratulations from her trainer, at that point she couldn’t help tears of joy rolling down her cheeks. Maria worked very hard to achieve her dreams, & always pictured hereself high atop the podium. Guillermo Perez and Maria Espinoza are two athletes that brought home the gold for Mexico.
Tae Kwon Do has always brought good results for Mexico. We are sure that with athletes like Guillermo & Maria we will be able to keep harvesting medals.