Wednesday August 18… I missed alot of the Olympics action last night because I got sick (yes, I missed Judo). I had Taco Bell for lunch and Andrea brought home Tierra Grill for dinner. I risk potential stomach illness by eating at Taco Bell alone, but it seems having two Mexican meals in one day is too much for me. I must have instinctively been celebrating Mexico yesterday. So here’s some Mexican Olympic info courtesy NBC Sports. Viva la Taco Bell!
OLYMPIC LEGENDS: Diver Joaquin Capilla Perez won four medals between 1948 and 1956 while earning a complete set in platform; his gold came in Melbourne. Race walker Raul Gonzalez went gold-silver in the 50km and 20km events, respectively, in 1948. Humberto Mariles Cortes is one of four people to win three medals in equestrian at a single Games; in 1948, he won two golds (individual and team show jumping) and a bronze (team three-day).
ATHENS OUTLOOK: In Athens, reigning 400m world champion Ana Guevara could become Mexico’s first Olympic medalist in women’s track and field. Also, Noe Hernandez, who won silver in the men’s 20km walk in 2000, could pick up another medal in that event. Like Guevara, but on a different type of track, cyclist Nancy Contreras has a chance to become the first Mexican woman to win a medal in her sport; Contrerast won the 2001 world title in the 500m time trial and is a medal contender in that event as well as the sprint. Mexico also has podium potential in diving (teenager Rommel Pacheco was sixth on platform at the 2003 Worlds) and will participate in both men’s and women’s soccer.