Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz just became the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal!
When Hidilyn Diaz lifted 200 kilograms of steel iron, she also lifted the spirits of her home country.
Diaz, a three-time Olympic weightlifter, became the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal when she won the silver medal in the 53kg women’s weightlifting class on Sunday. Diaz’s silver medal win ended a 20-year Olympic medal drought for the Philippines.
The last Filipino to win an Olympic medal was Mansueto Velasco. Velasco won silver for men’s boxing in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
20 years ago Lilia Podkopayeva became the Olympic All Around Champion at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta, USA. Her eponymous front double tuck ½ is still one of the most unique and rare floor tumbling passes.
1996 USA Gymnastics Magnificent Seven Dominique Dawes, Amanda Borden, Jaycie Phelps, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu and Amy Chow. Not sure why Kerri Strug wasn’t photographed. They will forever be one of my favorite Olympic team! I can’t believe how long it’s been