Eddy Alvarez competes during the gold-medal game against Japan at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 7, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
Beginning Sept. 15 and running through Oct. 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors and celebrates Hispanic and Latino Americans and all their contributions to U.S. society.
The influence of these cultures can be found throughout the United States and on Team USA as well. In looking ahead to a month celebrating Hispanic heritage, here’s a look back at some of the top Hispanic athletes from Team USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Eddy Alvarez, Baseball
The son of Cuban immigrants, Alvarez was born and raised in Miami, where he played baseball alongside a decidedly un-Florida sport, speedskating. What began with rollerblades on South Beach ended on the second step of the medal stand at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi following the 5,000-meter relay. Alvarez then returned to baseball, and after making his Major League Baseball debut in 2020 was selected for the U.S. Olympic Team. Alvarez not only helped Team USA win the silver medal, he was chosen as one of the flag bearers for the U.S. delegation as it made its way into the Opening Ceremony.