These athletic genes must run in the Hayek family.
A family tree can get pretty complicated, so we’ll try to simplify it as much as possible. Salma Hayek‘s father’s cousin’s granddaughter is on Mexico’s Olympic team for the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to ¡Hola!. Yvonne Treviño Hayek will be the first woman in 48 years to be on Mexico’s team competing in the long jump event. That’s quite an accomplishment.
We think there must be something to this last name because Salma was also a phenomenal gymnast that aspired to compete in the Olympics.
In 2015, Salma posted this #TBT from her gymnastics days. “I wish I could still do that but at least I have proof that once upon a time I was a #gymnast,” she captioned the photo.
“They drafted me…to be part of the Olympic team! But I was eight or nine and my father said no because I would have had to go live in Mexico City in a boarding school for gymnasts, do six hours, eight hours a day of training, which for me was like paradise,” she said in 2012 to the New Zealand Herald.
And although her Olympic dreams were cut short, she does not hold any grudges against her father. “My father thought I wouldn’t have had a normal childhood, and he wanted me to be normal. It’s too bad that with all his efforts it didn’t work out! But anyway, it worked out for me because now I’m an actress!”
Yvonne currently lives in Houston where she prepared for the games. “It’s important for people to know that this road isn’t full of victories. This road needs character. There are times where you get lost, you get hurt, times that things don’t turn out as you hoped for…that’s how life is, and it’s the same for the life of an athlete. They’re learning experiences that are very important and shape you so that you can face any challenge,” Yvonne said to Hola Mexico.
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