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Athlete Jennifer Lozano from Laredo, Texas, has actually accomplished her imagine ending up being an Olympian.

After a dominant efficiency in the semifinals of the females’s 50 kg weight class at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Lozano protected her area in next year’s Paris Olympics. She beat Canada’s Mckenzie Wright with a 5-0 triumph. In a touching homage to her late grandma, Virginia Cuevas Sanchez, who was her biggest motivation, Lozano pointed her right-hand man to the sky after getting a mock ticket verifying her credentials for the Olympics.

Overwhelmed with feelings, Lozano then took the ticket to her mom, Yadhira Rodríguez, in the stands, and they shared tears of delight.

Laredo, a city on the U.S.-Mexico border with around 230,000 homeowners, now happily declares its very first Olympian. In a current interview, Lozano explained her city as “really little, really closed-minded” with a mix of socio-economic backgrounds, and she intended to defy the common “machismo” mindset to master her sport.

As she gets ready for the Olympics, both sides of the city will rally behind the fighter referred to as “La Traviesa” (The Troublemaker in Spanish). This marks a considerable shift from a couple of years ago when Lozano dealt with bullying due to her weight and being a Spanish-speaker.

Boxing has actually changed Lozano’s life, a die-hard fan of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“We are going to Paris, child. La Traviesa es de Laredo, Texas. We are all set for all of the world, we are going to the Olympics,” a tearful Lozano stated, revealing her delight in a mix of English and Spanish. “Being the very first Olympian from Laredo indicates a lot to me.”

She commemorated her Olympic credentials with her member of the family who took a trip to Santiago to witness her amazing accomplishment.

“I am exceptionally pleased with my Mexican-American heritage,” Lozano specified. Her interest in boxing stimulated as a girl while seeing previous Mexican fighter Jackie Nava fight together with her grandma.

Brazil’s Caroline Barbosa de Almeida will be Lozano’s challenger for the Pan American gold medal.

Laredo may even see a 2nd Olympian in Paris. Boxer Emilio Garcia, who was not able to protect an area at the Pan American Games, will have 2 more chances to certify in the 63.5 kgs classification.

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