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Latina athletes inspiring us at the Tokyo Olympic Games

The Olympics are a time to celebrate the accomplishments of athletes from around the world. We gather to watch in awe as they perform fantastic feats and break world records. While many viewers only have eyes for their home country’s athletes, here at Latinas in Business we are rooting for all our Latina athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympic Games. 

We are so inspired by their accomplishments thus far. They are proof that Latinas are strong, determined, and able to achieve anything. 

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn had a big week, winning Gold on Monday in the women’s 100m Hurdles final. The 24-year-old athlete finished in 12.37 seconds, winning by .15 seconds. Keni Harrison from the USA followed in second at 12.52 seconds. Megan Kapper of Jamaica came in third and took home a bronze medal.  

Jasmine’s win marks Puerto Rico’s second ever gold medal and she is the first Puerto Rican of Afro-Latina descent in history to win gold while representing Puerto Rico. 

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jcamachoquinn I AM YOUR 2020 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST IN THE 100H 🥇(Image via Instagram)

Her win is an inspiration to all young Puerto Rican girls, especially young Latina athletes aspiring to follow in Jasmine’s footsteps. 

After being disqualified from the 2016 Olympics due to crashing into a hurdle, Jasmine’s journey to the Tokyo Olympic Games has been her comeback. 

Speaking to The New York Post she said, “This year I trained really hard. I don’t have a training partner, I train by myself, so I gave it all I had and this is what I wanted for this year. I wanted to be a gold medalist and I got it.”

Neisi Dajomes

In another historic Olympic first, Neisi Dajomes of Ecuador became the first woman representing Ecuador to win a gold medal. The weightlifting champion claimed gold in the women’s 76 kg weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday. 

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Neisi achieved her first place win after lifting 263 kg (580 pounds, approximately). She dedicated her win to her mother and brother who both unfortunately passed away. Both were crucial to Neisi’s career as an athlete and it was in fact thanks to her brother, Javier Palacios, that she began her weightlifting career. 

At 11 years old, Neisi would watch her brother train and soon became interested in trying the sport herself. She started with a broomstick to learn the technique, then quickly progressed to lifting real weights. It was clear from the start that she had a spark and the potential to go far. Now she has made history with her gold win for Ecuador at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Yulimar Rojas

Venezuela made history on Sunday as well, when 25-year-old triple jumper, Yulimar Rojas won gold. Yulimar’s win marks Venezuela’s first woman Olympic gold medalist. However, this was not the her only historic feat. 

At 15.67 meters, her stunning jump broke the world record set in 1995 by Ukrainian athlete Inessa Kravets. The record-breaking jump is an inspiration to Latina athletes everywhere. 

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yulimarrojas45 SOY CAMPEONA OLÍMPICA CARAJO NO PUEDO CREERLO, SOY LA MUJER MÁS FELIZ DEL PLANETA EN ESTOS MOMENTOS. GRAN NOCHE ME LLEVO A CASA UN RÉCORD DEL MUNDO Y OLÍMPICO 15,67m. SIIIIII.. SEÑOR ORO OLÍMPICO GRACIAS SEÑOR 🙏 (Image via Instagram)

“I was looking for it, I knew we had that distance in my legs to get it today…the last jump was one to give everything, and it was like that,” she said following her win. “I focused on giving my best… It makes me happy. I have to enjoy it now, and live the experience.” 

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Sarah Robles

Representing the USA, Sarah Robles became the first woman to win two Olympic weightlifting medals. The Latina athlete secured an Olympic bronze medal for her lifted total of 282kg. She previously earned a bronze medal five years ago at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 

“It’s a really big deal,” she said in a post-match conference. “I’ve struggled a lot throughout my career, it almost feels like I’ve been going uphill both ways with the wind against me. Going from the bottom in the sport, to the top in the sport, to making history in this sport means a lot to me.”

When combined with Kate Nye’s silver medal earned Sunday in the women’s 76kg, this is also the first time USA Weightlifting has earned two medals at an Olympic Games in 21 years

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On Instagram, Sarah expressed her thoughts regarding the treatment of women in sports and the struggles many athletes still face based on their gender. 

“Women’s sports are vastly under supported and represented. Often times when they are represented, it’s poorly and typically image, not performance, focused….I like saying it’s like running a mile race and you gave the men a 3/4 mile head start. You can’t really say that women aren’t good or worthy of the time /resources. We’re constantly playing catch up!” 

We are so proud of all the Latina athletes participating at the Tokyo Olympic Games and all they have achieved so far. Latinas are unstoppable!

How sports-tech entrepreneur Victoire Cogevina is revolutionizing the world of soccer

Gloria is a Latin word that praises God but also, the highest feeling of triumph in the soccer field. Late Maradona, Messi or Ronaldinho would bring “la Gloria” to their fans and soccer teams with a “scissor” or a long pass but nothing like after converting a goal. That is the moment when your chess feels about to explode, and you are “en la Gloria.” 

Victoire Cogevina, a technology entrepreneur, chose the name GLORIA for the platform that has become the largest social network app in the world of soccer. 

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Victoire Cogevina, creator and co-founder of the GLORIA app. (Photo Credit Enrique Tubio)

How GLORIA is revolutionizing the world of soccer 

Victoire’s love for soccer led her to becoming a sports agent and co-founding the first ever female owned and operated agency. (Photo courtesy Victoire Cogevina)

Born in Boston but raised in Argentina, Victoire developed a love for soccer from a young age. Her love for the sport led her to eventually becoming a sports agent and co-founding SR ALL Stars, an international sports agency specializing in the representation of LATAM professional footballers coming into the Major League Soccer. 

SR All Stars became the first ever female owned and operated agency in the soccer world and was recognized as so by FIFA in 2018. During her time at the agency, she also became more and more interested in the area of technology within the sports industry. She quickly realized there was an immense opportunity to build a home for soccer online. With no technical background and no experience fundraising, Victoire moved to Silicon Valley in the hopes of sharing her vision with the people that would ultimately help her build it.  

“In hindsight, I did not know I was choosing the path of most resistance when I decided to pursue a career path that was historically reserved for men. I was lucky to be brought up by a woman that made sure I would never once make my gender an excuse not to go after my dreams. Today, I am aware that my upbringing was an exception to the rule and a privilege most people never get access to – unless they meet organizations founded to fight for them,” Victoire said. 

With the help of investors and her co-founder, Matias Castello, Victoire’s vision soon came to life in the form of the GLORIA app. 

GLORIA is changing the landscape of the soccer world by helping players around the world get their big break and be discovered by scouts and coaches. In a world that is becoming increasingly tech driven every day, more and more athletes are getting discovered through social media and YouTube. Technology is the future, especially for the young generation of today who spend most of their time socializing on Instagram, TikTok, and SnapChat. 

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GLORIA app is changing the world of soccer by leveraging the power of social media to help athletes across the world get discovered. (Photo courtesy Victoire Cogevina)

Advocating for women in sports tech 

As a woman in sports tech, Victoire is a passionate and outspoken advocate for gender equality in sports. She currently serves as a United Nations Women speaker fighting for gender equality in soccer and advocating for female footballers and professionals in the industry.  

She is also sharing her professional and advocacy experience with the Women In Sports Tech (WIST) team and fellows. 

WIST’s mission is to drive transformative growth opportunities for women at all stages of their careers throughout the sports tech and innovation landscape, while also introducing middle and high school young women to the wide array of career paths in the industry. Their vision is to be the ultimate global community of women and men that connects women at all experience levels with the business leaders who want to hire them, from internships to board seats. 

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Victoire Cogevina speaking on ESPN. (Photo courtesy Victoire Cogevina)

WIST founder is the amazing mentor Marilou McFarlane. The program’s popularity is due in part to her incredibly inclusive and friendly personality, and her welcoming open arms.  

“We are humble, share our own stories of courage and failure freely, and provide a community of mentors and role models to encourage them to join this business, which may have felt intimidating before now. We are multi-generational, mutually respectful women and men working together, and dare I say, we have fun! We are in this business because we love to play and watch sports! We love the sports business and using technology to improve all aspects of the game, on the athlete performance side or the business side. We work in sports tech ourselves, across all categories, and can provide a role model for women in everything from sports tech startups, to business intelligence on the league and team side, to innovations inside larger sports and tech companies like Nike, IBM and Intel”, says Marilou. 

Victoire hopes that the GLORIA app will be a tool and resource for all athletes but especially female athletes who historically have struggled to be discovered in the male dominated soccer industry. GLORIA’s focus is on showcasing players’ talent, regardless of gender, giving female athletes a fair chance to stand out and shine.