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Which Latinos Won Gold at the Rio Olympics? Here’s Our Handy List

Maya DiRado of the United States poses with her four medals on the Today show

Team U.S.A. swimmer Maya DiRado poses for a photo with her four medals on the Today show set on Copacabana Beach on August 13, 2016. Harry How / Getty Images

U.S. Latino and Latin American athletes gave it their all for their respected countries and many left Rio not only with memories that they will forever cherish, but with coveted medals.

Here's a list of U.S. Latino and Latin American Olympians who took home gold medals during the Rio Summer 2016 Olympics:

Team USA

Team USA set a new Olympics record with 121 medals, but they dominated in certain sports like swimming and gymnastics. So it's not a coincidence that Latinos in these sports went home with record-breaking gold medal performances.

Madeline Dirado, 23

Maya DiRado of the United States poses with her four medals on the Today show
Swimmer, Maya DiRado of the United States poses for a photo with her four medals on the Today show set on Copacabana Beach on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Harry How / Getty Images

In swimming, Team USA led the pack. Latinos Madeline Dirado and Ryan Lochte both finished their last Olympic Games with gold medals. Though Dirado has said these would be her first and last Olympics, the Stanford graduate is bringing her two gold, silver, and one bronze medals home with her.

Ryan Lochte, 32

Ryan Lochte of the United States poses with his gold medal on the Today Show
Swimmer, Ryan Lochte of the United States poses for a photo with his gold medal on the Today show set on Copacabana Beach on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Harry How / Getty Images

Despite the controversy surrounding Lochte and several of his teammates, the twelve-time Olympic gold medalist, whose mother is Cuban-American, won gold during this years summer Olympics in the Men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

Laurie Hernandez, 16

Team USA Gymnasts Pose With Gold Medals At Rio Olympics
US gymnasts Alexandra Raisman, Madison Kocian, Lauren Hernandez, Simone Biles and Gabrielle Douglas celebrate with their gold medals on the podium during the women's team final Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016 EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP/Getty Images

In gymnastics, the United States dominated in gold medals. On the women's side of the table, 16-year-old gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who's from New Jersey, won her first gold and silver medals during her very first Olympic Games.

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Hernandez won her gold medal during the team all-around performance and her silver during women's beam competition, where she beat teammate Simone Biles who took home the bronze.

Diana Taurasi, 34

Diana Taurasi Win's Gold - Women's Basketball
old medalist Diana Taurasi #12 of United States celebrates during the medal ceremony after the Women's Basketball competition on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tom Pennington / Getty Images

The medals kept pouring in for Team USA. In women's basketball the U.S. team won gold, and all-star Latina guard Diana Taurasi took home her fourth Olympic gold medal as her team defeated Spain 101 - 72. The California native will continue playing her professional basketball career with the Phoenix Mercury, and will wait to announce whether she will be returning for yet another Olympic Games.

Adding to the list of medals, Jackie Galloway, who is Mexican-American, won bronze in taekwondo.

Nico Hernandez, the boxer from Kansas, won bronze in his first Olympics, and lastly Mexican-American weightlifter Sarah Robles also won her first Olympic bronze medal. Robles' medal was the first weightlifting medal for the US since 2000.

Danell Leyva, 24

US gymnast Danell Leyva celebrates final of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
US gymnast Danell Leyva celebrates on the podium of the men's parallel bars event final of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016 Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP/Getty Images

Also in gymnastics, Cuban-American Danell Leyva won two silver medals. One of them was on the parallel bars in men's artistic gymnastics, which was the first medal of the event for Team USA since 1996.

Leyva was not a first pick selection to the Olympics, but after his teammate John Orozco suffered an injury in training, Leyva was called up to do what he does best, win. Leyva leaves this Olympics as the most decorated US Men's Gymnast.

Team Brazil

The host nation for this year's summer Olympic Games finished on a high note. With their two most popular sports winning gold medals, the Brazilians enjoyed the final weekend that saw their men's soccer and volleyball teams win gold medals.

Men's Soccer

Brazil v Germany - Final: Men's Football - Olympics: Day 15
Neymar of Brazil is surrounded by team mates as he celebrates after scoring the winning penalty in the penalty shoot out during the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

This win was not only a historic one but also a little bit of payback. After losing to Germany during the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Brazilians wanted revenge.

After Brazil's Captain, known by his first name, Neymar, sent his free kick to the top left corner of the German net, Brazil thought they had won the game.

The game entered a penalty shootout where both teams converted all their shots until their last. Germany missed their fifth penalty, and to win it for Brazil, Captain Neymar stepped up, kissed the ball and sent it to the top right corner of the net. The crowd erupted.

One Brazilian who was at the final soccer match between Brazil and Germany spoke to NBC Latino about what it was like.

"The stadium was going crazy, everyone was proud of winning the Olympics [in men's soccer] for the first time. There is no better feeling than winning in our home country", said Alexandre Daniel Reissmann, 20, a university student from Rio De Janeiro.

This was Brazil's first Olympic gold medal in men's soccer.

Brazil v Germany - Final: Men's Football - Olympics: Day 15
Brazil line up to receive their gold medals after winning the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

According to TIME Magazine, Neymar's penalty kick goal was a "shot that healed a nation."

"People were united, there were no fights, just smiles and tears", said Reissmann.

Men's Volleyball

Brazil Wins Against Italy in Olympic Men's Volleyball Final
Brazil's Brazil's Evandro M Guerra (L) and teammates react after winning the men's Gold Medal volleyball match against Italy at the Maracanazinho stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Juan Mabromata / AFP/Getty Images

Brazil's men's volleyball team locked in their third Olympic gold medal after back to back three-set sweeps against Russia in the semi-finals and Italy in the finals. The three-set sweep defeated the Italians and gave Brazil one of its most prized gold medals.

With a weekend full of gold medals for the Brazilians, Reissmann recalls what it was like walking around Rio.

"Walking around Rio was refreshing as everywhere I went, there were flags, people painted in green and yellow and every single bar was full. It was that type of feeling you want to last forever." said Reissmann about the wins.

Brazil's Men's Volleyball Team Celebrates Gold
Brazilian team celebrate with their gold medals following the Men's Gold Medal Match between Italy and Brazil on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracanazinho on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil William Volcov / LatinContent/Getty Images

Also, the Brazilian men's beach volleyball duo took home the gold. And in another win for Team Brazil, Martine Grael won gold in women's sailing.

Team Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's first-ever Olympic gold medal was won during this summer's Olympic games, and it came from an unlikely source.

Monica Puig, 22

Gold Medalist Monica Puig of Puerto Rico
Gold medalist Monica Puig of Puerto Rico reacts during the medal ceremony for Women's Singles on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Tennis Centre on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Puerto Rican gold medalist and national hero Monica Puig came to Rio with something to prove. Puig, who was ranked 34th in the world in tennis, took down German Angelique Kerber in three sets to win the gold.

"I just want to tell them this is for them," said an emotional Puig as she was interviewed after her win. "They're going through some tough times and they needed this and I needed this," she said, adding, "I love where I come from."

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Team Colombia

Colombians took home three Olympic gold medals. Although none of them were in soccer, Team Colombia was still a force to be reckoned with as they dominated in women's BMX and women's track and field once again as well as won a gold in weightlifting.

Mariana Pajón, 24

Mariana Pajon of Colombia -  Gold Medal Cycling
Mariana Pajon of Colombia celebrates with the gold after winning the Women's BMX Final on day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic BMX Centre on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil David Ramos / Getty Images

Pajón defended her Olympic World Title and won her second gold medal in the women's BMX event. Adding to her collection of gold medals, the young star has become the first Colombian athlete to win two gold medals.

Caterine Ibargüen, 32

Gold medalist Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia
Gold medalist Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women'?s Triple Jump on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Patrick Smith / Getty Images

After winning silver in her last Olympic games, Ibargüen was not going to let anyone take her eyes off the prize. The Colombian won her event in the women's triple jump where she jumped 15.17m. Her triple jump that won her gold was her best one ever.

Oscar Figueroa, 33

Gold Medalist Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera of Colombia
Gold medalist Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera of Colombia celebrates on the podium during the medal presentation for the Men's 62kg Group A weightlifting contest on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro - Pavilion 2 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Lars Baron / Getty Images

This all-star athlete has a mean appetite for lifting heavy things. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Figueroa failed to make his lift after an injury in his right hand kept him from performing. In 2012 during the London Olympics Figueroa took home silver; this year he won gold when he lifted his personal best weight.

Team Argentina

Argentina looked to win gold medals in several categories but was disappointed after their early exit during the group stages for their men's soccer team. Bringing back the momentum, Argentinians united to watch their remaining athletes win gold medals. One of their gold medalists recently beat cancer, now he's an icon.

Santiago Lange, 52 & Cecilia Carranza, 29

Argentina's Gold Medalist's Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza
Argentina's gold medallist Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli pose on the podium after the Nacra 17 Mixed medal race at Marina da Gloria during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016 Damien MEYER / AFP/Getty Images

These two sailors have seen it all. Winning an Olympic gold medal is hard enough. It requires tons of tough and grueling practice, mental focus and execution. But for Argentinian sailor and six-time Olympian Santiago Lange, he had to beat cancer before winning his first gold medal.

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Lange is the oldest sailor who competed during the Rio Olympics.

Paula Pareto, 30

Paula Pareto Wins Gold In Rio - Judo
Gold medalist, Argentina's Paula Pareto at an award ceremony for the women's -48 kg judo event at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at Carioca Arena 2 Valery Sharifulin\TASS / Valery Sharifulin/TASS

Aside from Judo, Pareto is a physician. She began her early childhood swimming and then went into gymnastics. Later, at the age of 9, Pareto learned Judo from her father. She went into her first Olympics in 2008 in Beijing and took home the bronze. Eight years later, Pareto finally goes back home to Argentina with her hard-earned gold medal.

Men's Field Hockey

Argentina's Men's Field Hockey Team Win's Gold
Argentina's players pose with their gold medals during the men's field hockey medals ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016 MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP/Getty Images

This was Argentina's first ever men's field hockey gold medal. They defeated Belgium 4-2 in what was the third gold medal for Argentina. During the 2012 London games, the Argentinian Men's field hockey team finished 10th.

Team Cuba

The island nation of Cuba is known to produce world class boxers. During this year's Olympics, the Cubans — styled in Louis Vuitton — took home five Olympic gold medals. Three out of the five gold medals were won by Cuban boxers, and two of them by Cuban wrestlers.

Mijain López, 33

Mijain Lopez Nunez of Cuba Wins Gold - Wrestling - Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Mijain Lopez Nunez of Cuba celebeates winning gold medal after defeating Riza Kayaalp of Turkey in the Men's Greco-Roman 130 kg Gold Medal bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 15, 2016 Okan Ozer/Anadolu / Getty Images

López is a Cuban wrestler that has represented his island nation three times. Winning gold at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling, López ends his career with his third gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Ismael Borrero Molina, 24

Cuba's Ismael Borrero Molina Wins Gold
Cuba's Ismael Borrero Molina celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the men's 59kg greco-roman wrestling event at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016, during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Jack GUEZ / AFP/Getty Images

This Greco-Roman wrestler is taking after his teammate Mijain. After competing in his first Olympic Games at 59kg, Molina won his first gold medal against Japan's surprise finalist Shinobu Ota.

Robeisy Ramirez,22

Boxing - Olympics: Day 15
Gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba poses during the medal ceremony for the Men's Bantam (56kg) on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images

The 56kg men's bantamweight defeated USA's Shakur Stevenson to gold in a historic Cuba v USA fight. According to Sky Sports, this was the first time in 20 years that the U.S. and Cuba boxed in a gold medal match during the Olympics. Ramirez won via a split decision from the judges.

Julio Cesar De La Cruz, 27

Gold Medalist Julio Cesar La Cruz of Cuba Wins Gold
Gold medalist Julio Cesar La Cruz of Cuba stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Light Heavy (81kg) Boxing event on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

This Cuban amateur boxer has been pounding down the punches for years now. After winning the lightweight world title in 2011, 2013 and 2015, nothing was going to stand in his way during the Rio 2016 Olympics. Cruz won gold in the 81kg men's light heavyweight.

Arlen Lopez, 23

Boxing - Olympics: Day 15
Gold medalist Arlen Lopez of Cuba poses during the medal ceremony for the Men's Middle (75kg) on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images

Completing the Cuban golden hat trick, Lopez threw heavy punches as he defeated Uzbekistan's Bektemir Melikuziev on a unanimous points decision to win the Olympic gold medal at 75kg men's middleweight.

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