Five facts about Jaime Espinal, the eighth Olympic medalist in Puerto Rican history

Five facts about Jaime Espinal, the eighth Olympic medalist in Puerto Rican history

The retired fighter Jaime Espinal Not only did he conquer in the Olympic Games London 2012 was the island’s eighth Olympic medal, but it also made history by winning its first in wrestling.

With Espinal’s silver medal in the 84-kilogram freestyle, Puerto Rico closed its participation in the English capital with two medals. The first, a bronze, was won by Javier Culson in the 400-meter hurdles.

For those who know Espinal, the feat was the result of a life marked by sacrifices and vicissitudes.

Read Jaime Espinal’s story here.

Here are five facts about Espinal:

1. Espinal was born on October 14, 1984, in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. At the age of five, he migrated to Puerto Rico with his brother, Stanley, to live with his mother, Alejandrina Fajardo Hernandez, who had been working as a nurse on the island for two years. At the age of 15, Espinal moved to New York with his family, but returned a year later after experiencing racism and xenophobia.

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