Mexican President shows optimismn about winning medals at Beijing
El presidente de México, Felipe Calderón, expresó hoy su deseo de que sus deportistas sumen victorias en los Juegos Olímpicos de Beijing, en su primera visita oficial al país asiático. México envía a Beijing una delegación bastante nutrida de deportistas, entre los que se incluyen la clavadista Paola Espinosa, el piragüista Everardo Cristóbal Quirino y la competidora de taekwondo Rosario Espinoza.
José Everardo Cristóbal Quirino's biography is quite inspiring, inspite of many looking down at him and making racist comments on internet because of his humble origins.
Racismn even among mexicans. Malinchismo perhaps? Distorted role models?
It doesn't matter he's a Mexican flatwater canoeist 2007 Pan American and 2006 World champion in flatwater ( canoe) racing in C-1 1000m.
He was born at the island of Urandén, 4 km from Pátzcuaro, Michoacan, where fishing is a way of life. Jose Everardo is the 8th of 10 brothers and was able to study only up to secundary school.
At age 5 he began to row canoes with his father or brothers but at age 7 he was on his own to go to school by this mean of transportation.
One tragic day playing races with his brother they tipped over and his brother drowned while saving his life. Therefore he dedicates all his victories to his memory.
One day a canoe coach went over to his school to invite whoever was interested and Everardo decided to accepted but somehow he had to keep up with school and chores forcing him to row his canoe pretty fast to get home on time and not get in trouble.
"Canoes are like my shoes, I feel comfortable in them" He says smiling.
You can watch a video about Canoe Racer Jose Everardo Cristobal Quirinoby reuters at the link below.
Canoe Racer Jose Everardo Cristobal Quirino, is one of Mexico's best hopes for a medal at the Olympics.
In 2006, Everardo upset many top European athletes by winning at the Flatwater Canoe Racing World Championships in Hungary. He also made history becoming the first Latin American sportsman to win a World Championship in individual flatwater racing.
Carmen De la Fuente Wushu Panamerican champion, Gerardo Eugenio Martinez Dibene holds the Mexican and National High Jump Record and Yazmith Bataz Carballo paraolympic wheelchair champion from La Paz Baja California Sur are also included in the Mexican Delegation.