Paola Longoria, Mexico’s best living athlete today, made good on the odds and won her third gold medal at the 2015 Pan American games in Toronto, just like she did four years ago at the 2011 Pan Ams.
Defeating American Rhonda Rajsich, who a year earlier had cut Paola’s three-year-undefeated-streak, Longoria took the Women’s Team title at the games alongside her teammate Samantha Salas.
Paola’s 3 gold medals account for 13.70% percent of all of Mexico’s gold medals in the Pan Ams this year, while she accounts for only 0.001% of all Mexican participants (511 in total). I might be pointing to the obvious, but that is well beyond the average.
Unfortunately, Paola will not be able to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, because racquetball isn’t on the list of sports included in the biggest sports celebration in the world. But she keeps her hopes up that it will be added by 2020, just like the 2016 Olympics saw the addition of sports like Karate and Golf.