Road to London 2012!

Alexandra Escobar

Did you know- By 2008, Ecuador’s weightlifter Alexandra Escobar was named by the Ecuadoran Olympic Committee as the flag bearer of the national delegation for the 29th Summer Olympics in the People’s Republic of China. The National Olympic Committee’s decision was based on Escobar’s reputation and discipline. After winning a gold medal in the World Championships in 2001, Escobar has become a national idol in Ecuador, one of South America’s most successful Olympic nations.


Did you know- The Women’s Basketball South American Tournament took place in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, in the early 1970s. It was the second time the event was held in Ecuador. By 1956 Quito, the country’s capital, hosted the Sixth South American Championship.

Jacinta M. Sandiford

Did you know- Jacinta M. Sandiford became the first Ecuadoran athlete -male of female-to win a continental event when she captured the gold medal for placing first in the women’s high jump in the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in February 1951. Thanks to Sandiford, the team of Ecuador placed ninth in the tally of gold medals, among 21 countries. Despite being one of Latin America’s outstanding athletes, she could not compete in the Summer Olympics. Why? Like a number of Latin American republics, among them Peru, Bolivia and Nicaragua, the Republic of Ecuador was one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. Ecuador was not an active member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) until the late 1960s.

Mariuxi Febres-Cordero

Did you know- By the mid-1970s,Mariuxi Febres-Cordero, 15, picked up a total of five individual golds medals in the South American Swimming Championship in Maldonado, Uruguay. She captured the 100m freestyle (in a time of 1: 02,69), the 200m freestyle (2: 12, 66), the 400m freestyle (4:34,73), the 800m freestyle (9:28,63), and the 400m individual medley ( 5:19,85). The Guayaquil-born swimmer also won one silver medal in the 200 meter individual medley, behind Lilian Arce (Peru). In the 70s, she established several new national records. During that time, she was the toast of the Ecuadorean sporting society. Despite these achievements, she did not participate in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. Historically, she is the best Latin American swimmer to have never competed in the Summer Olympic Games. After her retirement from the national team, Ecuador’s sportswomen were never as successful again in the South American Swimming Championships. In August 2009, Ecuador’s journalist Ricardo Vasconcellos Rosado published a book on Mariuxi Febres-Cordero (“La Ondina Dorada”).

Source by Alejandro Guevara Onofre