Ecuador – Women and Sports!

Road to London in 2012!

Alexandra Escobar

Did you know- In 2008, Alexandra Escobar, who had a difficult time in Ecuador, was named the Ecuador Olympic Committee as the flag bearer for national delegates at the 29th World Olympic Games in the People’s Republic of China. The decision of the National Olympic Committee was based on Escobar’s hands and training. After winning the gold medal at the 2001 World Championships, Escobar is the national idol of Ecuador, one of the most successful Olympic countries in the United States.


Did you know- The Basketball Basketball South America tournament takes place in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, in the early 1970’s. This is the second time the event has been held in Ecuador. In 1956 Quito, the country’s capital, captured the Sixth Amendment.

Jacinta M. Sandiford

Did you know- Jacinta M. Sandiford became the first Ecuadoran champion – female athlete – to win a foreign event when she won the gold medal in the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in February 1951. , among 21 countries. Despite being one of the greatest athletes in Latin America, he never competed in the Summer Olympics. Why? As a group of the Republic of Latin America, including Peru, Bolivia and Nicaragua, the Republic of Ecuador is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Ecuador was not a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) until the late 1960’s.

Mariuxi Febres-Cordero

Did you know- In the mid-1970’s, 15-year-old Mariuxi Febres-Cordero won 5 gold medals at the South American Swimming Championship in Maldonado, Uruguay. She won 100m freestyle (1: 02,69), 200m freestyle (2:12, 66), 400m freestyle (4: 34,73), 800m freestyle (9: 28,63) , with 400m medley each (5: 19,85). The Guayaquil-born hunter also won one silver medal in the 200 miles, after Lilian Arce (Peru). In 70 years, he set new national records. By this time, he was a character in Ecuadorean society. Despite these achievements, he did not participate in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. Historically, he is the worst person in Latin America to ever compete in the Summer Olympics. After retiring from the national team, the sport in Ecuador never again won the American Championship. In August 2009, Ecuadorian journalist Ricardo Vasconcellos Rosado published a book by Mariuxi Febres-Cordero (“La Ondina Dorada”).


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