Their stories have inspired. Their performances amazed. Their achievements are a reason why Latinos can say: Sí Se Puede.
As the London Olympic Games come to a close we look back at what these American Latinos have accomplished. Some made history in their sport, others defended titles, and many proved that you don't need to be born in the U.S. to wear the red, white, and blue on your chest.
While not all of the Team USA Latino favorites were able to stand on that coveted podium, these athletes will return home with the ultimate prize: an Olympic medal.
Don't say we didn't tell you to keep an eye out for these Latino Olympians. For those who may have missed their victories -- and for those who just want to feel some Latino pride -- here's a recap of the athletes and their performance in London.
LATINO OLYMPIANS AND THEIR MEDALS:
Olympics Day 15 - Basketball
Voted by fans in 2011 as one of Top 15 players in WNBA history, Taurasi helped lead the U.S. Women's Basketball team to their 5th consecutive Olympic gold medal on Saturday when they handily defeated France 86-50, further cementing U.S. dominance of this sport. Born and raised in California to an Argentine mother and Italian father who was raised in Argentina, sports runs through the Taurasi bloodline as her father, Mario, played professional soccer in Italy.
Brenda Villa, And Sisters Maggie & Jessica Steffens: U.S. Women's Water Polo
The Steffens sisters -- Jessica is 25 and Maggie at 19 is the youngest member on the team -- are the daughters of Puerto Rico's Carlos Steffens who played in 3 Pan-American Games for the island. Villa (far left in photo) -- who at 32 has been on the U.S. Olympic Team since 1998 and is currently the most decorated athlete in her sport -- has said that London 2012 would be her last Olympic appearance. "I've been privileged to be a part of four Olympic teams, and I think it's time for me to move on and do other things," Villa <a href="http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Brenda-Villa-Look-Team-USA-Water-Polo-165743996.html" target="_hplink">told NBC.</a> "It's been a great run. I wouldn't change anything about it, and I got my fairy tale ending." A <em>golden</em> fairy tale ending that is, after a 8-5 victory over Spain. <em>Thanks to HuffPost user arecibo48 for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/arecibo48/latino-olympians-2012-medal-winners_n_1767764_176684622.html" target="_hplink">reminding us that the Steffens sisters are Latina</a>.</em>
Amy Rodriguez & Team USA: Women's Soccer
Rodriguez, of Cuban descent, and the United State's Women's Soccer team will be adding a second Olympic gold medal after a 2-1 victory against Japan. The 25 year old forward for the U.S. National Team played during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, where the team reached the finals against Japan. Rodriguez stepped in for an injured Abby Wambach during the 2008 Olympics, and in London she battled to defend the gold.
Ryan Lochte: Swimming
Lochte, the swimming boy wonder of Cuban descent, is brining home more than just the Gold. The former Gator won a total of 5 medals: Gold: Men's 400M Individual Medley Gold: Men's 4 x 200M Freestyle Relay Silver: Men's 200M Individual Medley Silver: Men's 4 x 100M Freestyle Relay Bronze: Men's 200M Backstroke So what are his plans for Brazil? <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/despite-winning-only-1-individual-gold-in-london-lochte-to-add-more-events-for-2016-olympics/2012/08/05/793ea190-df6c-11e1-8d48-2b1243f34c85_story.html" target="_hplink">"I'm probably going to swim more events in 2016, and I'm going to swim as long as I'm having fun," he told the Washington Post.</a>
Carmelo Anthony, U.S. Men's Basketball
On the final day of the London Olympics, Team USA's basketball team defeated Spain and earned their 14th Olympic Gold medal in this sport. Although he <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/12/usa-spain-gold-medal-basketball-lebron_n_1770225.html" target="_hplink">hobbled in the final game</a>, the half-Puerto Rican Anthony had plenty to yell about (in photo) as he shined during the Games, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/02/carmelo-anthony-olympic-record-nigeria-marbury_n_1735388.html" target="_hplink">setting a new record for points scored in a single quarter</a>, with 37 during a game against Nigeria
Leonel Manzano: Track & Field
The Mexican born runner came to United States at the age of 4 with his family. No papers, and possibly no idea that 23 years later he'd not only have his citizenship but that he'd win an Olympic medal for the United States. Manzano took the Silver in the 1,500-meter final with a time of 3:34.79. "Silver medal, still felt like I won! Representing two countries USA and Mexico!", <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/leo-manzano-us-olympic-me_n_1757174.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular" target="_hplink">Manzano tweeted.</a>
Danell Leyva: Gymnastics
After overcoming some difficulties on the pommel horse, Danell Leyva took the Bronze in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around, <a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1280965-danell-leyva-wins-2012-olympic-mens-gymnastics-all-around-bronze-medal" target="_hplink">the first for the U.S. Men's Gymnastics team since 2004 in Athens</a>. As he stepped off the airplane at the Miami International Airport, family, fans, and cameras were waiting for the Cuban-American athlete. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/danell-leyva-returns-miami-bronze_n_1760063.html?utm_hp_ref=latino-voices&ir=Latino Voices" target="_hplink">"I didn't do the perfect competition like I was supposed to, so I know that there's room for improvement, and I'm happy about it, because next time will be gold," he told journalists. </a>
Marlen Esparza: Women's Boxing
Esparza was the first U.S. women to win not only a match but also be guaranteed a medal after her 24-16 win over Venezuela's Karlha Magliocco. The Mexican-American then faced China's Ren Cancan, a bout she lost 10-8 but came out of with a Bronze medal. "I can't be angry about winning a medal at all. But it wasn't my goal," <a href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-oly-womens-boxing-20120809,0,3600010.story" target="_hplink">she told the Los Angeles Times </a>of her bronze. "Any medal is a blessing at the Games. [But] I thought I was going to win." So what's next for the Cover Girl? Esparza told the LA Times <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/olympics-2012/marlen-esparza-american-woman-win-olympic-boxing-match-guaranteed-bronze-medal-article-1.1129896" target="_hplink">she's hanging her gloves and heading to college, then medical school.</a>