Cejudo, Ochoa among top Latino athletes of ‘08
Olympic gold-medal wrestler Henry Cejudo of Maryvale among the top Latino athletes of 2008
Latino Perspectives Staff
Olympic gold-medal wrestler Henry Cejudo of Maryvale and former University of Arizona golf star Lorena Ochoa were among the top Latino athletes of 2008 as selected by the Web site vidaenelvalle.com.
Cejudo, 21, defeated Tomohiro Matsunaga of Jpan in the 121-pound final to give the United States its first gold medal in freestyle wrestling in 16 years at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“I’m living the American dream right now, man,” Cejudo said after beating Matsunaga. “The United States is the land of opportunity. It’s the best country in the world and I’m just glad to represent it.”
Ochoa got off of a quick start in 2008, winning five of the first six tournaments on the LPGA Tour. She won two more tournaments in 2008 and finished with $2.8 million in earnings. She also won her second straight LPGA Player of the Year award.
This article appears in the February 2009 issue of Latino Perspectives Magazine.