Maria Hinojosa talks with Olympic gymnast John Orozco of the Bronx.  Orozco is one of two Latino athletes on the US Olympic gymnastic team competing in London.

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John Orozco is an American gymnast and the 2012 Visa National Champion. He currently trains at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

3 thoughts on “A Conversation With Olympian John Orozco

  1. Here is my basic understanding. I’m a Puerto Rican who doesn’t mind being cellad a Latino/a or Hispanic. However, a lot of other Latinos/Hispanics are extremely particular about what they’re cellad (God I’ll embarressed if I get any of this wrong):Spanish- Someone from Spain. It’s acceptable to call someone who comes from Spain Spanish, but say, a Cuban couldn’t be cellad Spanish. All Latinos/Hispanics originally do come from Spain if you trace back into their family history far enough, but the term Spanish is correct only if they come from Spain recently.Hispanic- Well, Hispanic. The word descends from Spanish, but not people neccessarily that came right from Spain. A lot of Mexicans prefer this term. Not Brazilians, Italians or Portuguese are Hispanic. I’ll explain further below Latino is a broad term- It can mean Hispanics but it also includes Portuguese, Italians, Brazilians, etc.. They can be Latino, but not Hispanic. I know a lot of Carribean Latinos (Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, etc.) prefer the term Latino. Latino/Latina comes from the language Latin.You’re going to find a lot of different answers in different places. A lot of people don’t know the difference or think they’re all the same.Good luck

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