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Latino Olympians: The Proud Parents Behind The Athletes (PHOTOS)

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DANELL LEYVA YIN ALVAREZ
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The sweat, the tears, the sacrifices that they've made, it's not easy to be an Olympian -- but perhaps it's even harder to raise one.

While some parents embrace the limelight, as is the case of Ileana "Ike" Lochte who often talks of her swimming star son's diet and love life (or lack thereof), others remain a bit of a mystery.

The London Olympic Games has triggered a migration of hundreds of U.S. athletes across the Atlantic, and the company behind brands like Crest and Tide, Procter & Gamble, made sure that over 2,000 mothers of Olympians made it to London to see their kids compete as part of their "Thank you, Mom" campaign.

So we thought we'd thank the parents of these latino olympians in our own way. If Ryan Lochte's mom makes it clear that behind the Olympic star there is a Cuban grandmother making croquetas, we figured we'd take a look at who's behind our other Latino Olympians.

HERE ARE 6 LATINO OLYMPIANS AND THE REASONS THEY LOVE THEIR PARENTS:

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