Mijaín López

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Mijaín López
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López (left) at the 2009 World Championships
Personal information
Full nameMijaín López Núñez
Nickname(s)The Kid, The Terrible'
NationalityCuban
Born (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 36)
Pinar del Río, Cuba
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight131.5 kg (290 lb)
Sport
CountryCuba
SportWrestling
Event(s)Greco-Roman
ClubCerro Pelado
Coached byPedro Val

Mijaín López Núñez (born 20 August 1982) is a Cuban Greco-Roman wrestler. He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time World Champion, and four-time Champion of Pan American Games.

Career[edit]

López has represented Cuba at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in Beijing and London, and was his country's flag bearer during the opening ceremonies. In both competitions he won the gold medal in the men's Greco-Roman 120 kg category.[1] At the 2016 Rio Games, López won Gold in the 130 kg category.

On 18 October 2010 Mijaín López was rumoured to have defected and be training in Miami for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), however, Eric Castanos, the coach he was rumoured to be training with, contradicted these rumours, stating that Mijaín López is still in Cuba and has never mentioned anything to him about defecting.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cuba's Lopez wins 120kg greco-roman wrestling gold". Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Cuban wrestler Mijain (sic) Lopez: only gold is my goal", Xinhua, 30 July 2008.

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Iván Pedroso
Flagbearer for  Cuba
Beijing 2008
London 2012
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent