7 Afro-Latina Athletes Who’ve Won Olympic Gold Medals

Afro-Latina excellence has always existed; it has just been majorly left out of documented history. HipLatina is putting the spotlight back on this greatness, in an attempt to write Latinas, and Afro-Latinas back into the narrative. In this article, we will take a look at the seven Afro-Latinas who brought home the gold for their countries in the Olympics.

Rafaela Silva

7 Afro-Latina Athletes Who've Won Olympic Gold Medals HipLatina


Brazilian joduka Rafaela Lopes Silva won the gold model at the 2016 Rio Olympics, in the women’s 57 kg division. This was Brazil’s first gold medal ever. Her victory was especially inspiring considering she’d thought about quitting judo after receiving many racist comments online after the 2012 London Olympics. Fortunately, she stayed committed to the sport and showed the haters what a winner looks like. 




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