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The Best Olympic Athletes from Mexico

Updated October 13, 2018 283 votes 66 voters 5.1k views

List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Mexico, with photos when available. These are the best Mexican Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Mexican athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Mexican Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Mexico is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

This list includes Tatiana Ortiz, Alvaro Gaxiola and more athletes.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the best Mexican Olympian of all time?" and "Who are the greatest Olympians from Mexico?"

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Mexico Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Mexico.
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  • Joaquín Capilla Pérez (December 23, 1928 – May 8, 2010), was a Mexican diver who won the largest number of Olympic medals among Mexican athletes. Together with his elder brother Alberto he competed in the 3 m springboard and 10 m platform at the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympics and won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, finishing fourth in the two remaining competitions. He also won four medals at the Pan American Games, in 1951 and 1955. After retiring from competitions Capilla descended into poverty, chain smoking and alcoholism, eventually losing his family and home. He recovered owing to religion and later earned a degree in theology. In 2009 he was awarded the National Sports...  more
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 3 metre springboard,Men's 10 metre platform
    • Olympic Country: Mexico
    • Date Of Birth: 1928-12-23
    • Place Of Birth: Mexico City,Mexico,Greater Mexico City,Earth,Latin America
    • Olympic Sport: Diving
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 1956 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard,Diving at the 1956 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform,Diving at the 1948 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform,Diving at the 1952 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1956 Summer Olympics,1948 Summer Olympics,1952 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1948 Summer Olympics,1956 Summer Olympics,1952 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal
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  • Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 2 February 1959 in Mexico City as Hubertus Rudolph zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Spanish pronunciation: [uˈβeɾt̪us ruˈðolf su oẽnˈloe.lãŋxẽmˈbuɾɣ]) is a Mexican Alpine skier, photographer, businessman, and a pop singer known as Andy Himalaya and Royal Disaster. He belongs to a family which reigned over a principality in what is now the northeastern of Baden-Württemberg in Germany until the early 19th century....  more
    • Olympic Country: Mexico
    • Date Of Birth: 1959-02-02
    • Place Of Birth: Mexico,Earth,Latin America,North America
    • Olympic Sport: Alpine skiing
    • Nationality: Austria,Mexico
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
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  • Juan Botella Medina (4 July 1941 – 17 July 1970) was a Mexican diver. He was born in Mexico City. He competed for Mexico at the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, where he won the bronze medal in the men's springboard event. He died on July 17, 1970 in Basurto, Mexico City, working on his thesis on architecture, because of hypertension suffering for a long time....  more
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 3 metre springboard
    • Olympic Country: Mexico
    • Date Of Birth: 1941-07-04
    • Olympic Sport: Diving
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 1960 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1960 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1960 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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  • Carlos Armando Girón Gutiérrez (born 3 November 1954 in Mexicali, Baja California) is a Mexican diver. He competed in four consecutive Summer Olympics, winning one medal. At the 1972 Summer Olympics he placed ninth in the 3 metre springboard event and eighth in the 10 metre platform event. In 1976 he repeated the position in the platform diving while advancing to a seventh place in the springboard. At the 1980 Olympics he finally won a silver medal in 3 metre springboard, and came close to another medal with a fourth place in the 10 metre platform. His final Olympic performance came in 1984 where he placed twelfth....  more
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 3 metre springboard
    • Olympic Country: Mexico
    • Date Of Birth: 1954-11-03
    • Place Of Birth: Mexicali,Mexico,Baja California,Municipality of Mexicali,Earth
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 1980 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1980 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1980 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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