Top 10 Hispanic Athletes 2016


  1. Laurie Hernández– Hernandez won Gold in Women’s gymnastics during the Summer Olympics in Rio and she was part of what came to be known as the Final Five, a team of five talented gymnasts. She later went on to win the Dancing with the Stars competition on the ABC television network.
  1. Monica Puig – Puig is a tennis player who won a Gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Rio and she became the first Gold Medalist in the history of Puerto Rico.
  1. Daniel Suarez – The 24-year-old Suarez from Mexico became the first Latin American driver to win a NASCAR national series championship as he claimed the title of the second-tier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
  1. Danell Alvarez – Alvarez won two Silver Medals in Men’s Gymnastics during the Summer Games in Rio. He won these in parallel bars and horizontal bars and this was significant since he was the alternate and was added to the team after John Orozco suffered an injury. At the 2012 Olympic Games, Alvarez won the Bronze medal for the Men’s Individual All Around.
  1. Ryan Lochte – Lochte has been a prominent swimmer since the 2012 Olympics and he won a Gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Unfortunately, his reputation was tarnished at the 2016 Olympic Games when he faked a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio. This caused embarrassment not only to the United States but to the Brazilian Olympic committee who didn’t want their country’s image tarnished during the games.
  1. Javier Baez – Baez helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series with his excellent defense and his strong hitting. He was also awarded Sportsman of the Year Award from the State of Illinois.
  1.  Canelo Alvarez – Alvarez handed England’s Liam Smith his first career loss with a ninth-round knockout and took the WBO 154-pound title from Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs) at AT&T Stadium in Dallas in September 2016. He has millions of fans and his fights always generate a huge audience all over the world.
  1. Manu Ginobili – Ginobili has the distinction of being on the second person to have won a EuroLeague title, an NBA championship and an Olympic Gold Medal. Ginobili has been playing for the San Antonio Spurs since 2002 and is an icon in that city. He had another great season during 2016 that may lead them to another NBA title in 2017.
  1. Auston Matthews – Matthews made history as the first Hispanic to be drafted in first place during the NHL entry draft. The California native plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs and they are hoping he can lead them to many wins.
  1. David Ortiz – Ortiz retired from major league baseball in 2016 while playing for the Boston Red Sox. He had a stellar performance all year which helped the Red Sox win the American League East division. He was named the best hitter at the MLB/Esurance Awards.



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