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 News from Colombia

Colombians on the World Stage

I enjoy writing the newsletters where one can boast about the positive accomplishments of the real people of Colombia. In many cases they have overcome the walls and restrictions placed upon them to reach the top of their craft. The past couple months three Colombians excelled in world sports. The Colombian military proved their medal against some of the best soldiers in the world.

This is not to say that the country has not previously produced winners. A perfect example is Mariana Pajón. The BMX rider won the gold medal in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Tennis Domination - For the first time in history two Colombians won the mens doubles at Wimbledon. Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah fought back after loosing the first set. The match lasted five sets requiring the Colombian duo to endure as four of the five sets required tie break points to be played. The two countrymen are now ranked number one on the ATP ranking.

Prestigious Bicycling feat - Egan Arley Bernal Gomez won the 2019 Tour de France. He made the over 2,000 miles in 82 hours and 57 minutes. He is not only the first Colombian to win the race, but the first Latin American to do so. Raised in the town of Zipaquirá, Colombia he trained in the mountains surrounding Bogota. Coming from a working class family his first bike was used. At the age of nine he showed aptitude for the sport winning a local race. It was no wonder then that he excelled in mountainous areas of the Tour de France.

What country has the best special ops team? Hint: it is not the USA. - Well, by the first paragraph of this newsletter you know the winner is Colombia. And this is not the first year this South American Country walked off with the top prize. This year Chile made a respectable second place while Ecuadorean soldiers took home a third place medal. The competition featuring the elite of the elite from 19 different countries is sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command. The U.S. men came in somewhere around 6th. 

More news is coming from Colombia on a daily basis as many things are happening. Thank you for reading. We wish you a great day and will write you again soon.

Michael and Graciela

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