Slideshow — Best Latino Athletes of 2012: Lionel Messi, Ryan Lochte, Danell Leyva and More Shining Stars

Huffington Post: This year was marked by the 2012 London Olympics, where Latino athletes were some of the most successful players bringing glory in the shape of gold, silver and bronze medals.

Athletes like swimmer Ryan Lochte and gymnast Danell Leyva, both of Cuban descent, as well as Puerto Rican-American football player, Victor Cruz, and Venezuelan baseball player Pablo Sandoval, shone in their respective sports, becoming icons in the process.

Read more here, and see Danell in the slideshow here.

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