Mattel Releases Mariachi Barbie to Commemorate Mexican Independence Day

Barbie is ready to celebrate Mexican history…

Mattel has released a brand new Mexican Barbie to commemorate el 16 de Septiembre, Mexican Independence Day.

Mexican Barbie

Mariachi Barbie dons a fitted black bolero jacket, cropped pants trimmed in an intricate golden brocade, and a wide-brimmed sombrero. Barbie completes her look with tall black boots and a pink ribbon bow tie.

The doll celebrates “one of Mexico’s most representative traditions in music and culture” and will be available to the public in September, the company said in a statement. Mariachi Barbie joins the 2014 Barbie Dolls of the World Collection.

Just last year Mattel faced criticism for releasing a Mexican Barbie dressed in a pink, ruffled dress and holding a chihuahua and a passport. ”

It would be nice to see some contemporary images from these countries,” Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts told Fox News Latino at the time. “These images seem very dated and seem to have been created for a different time.”

But Sanchez doesn’t have any qualms about the new Mexican Barbie.

“Well, at least she’s not coming off as sexy Latina Barbie, spinning on a pedestal,” Felix Sanchez told Buzzfeed, referring to Sofia Vergara’s largely criticized Emmy’s skit. “This is an image that does exist. It helps us embrace toy making in a way that makes it relevant and authentic.”

Santos Sprints to a Silver at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

Talk about Electric Youth Luguelín Santos has raced his way to the medal podium at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Luguelín Santos

The 18-year-old Dominican sprinter claimed the silver medal on Monday in the men’s 400 meter race, giving his country its second medal of the day after Félix Sánchez won a gold at the track earlier in the day.

Santos finished half a second behind another teenager competing in his first Olympics, 19-year-old Kirani James of Grenada. James coasted to victory in a time of 43.94 seconds.

Luguelín Santos

Santos—who won a gold medal in the 400 meter at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics and was the third fastest man this year in the 400 meter field-—was billed as James’s main rival in the final, but just couldn’t muster enough power to pull ahead.

Culson Earns Puerto Rico’s First-Ever Non-Boxing Olympic Medal

London Olympics 2012

Despite a disappointing performance, Javier Culson should still receive a hero’s welcome when he returns home after the 2012 Olympic Games.

Javier Culson

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican track star, the pre-Olympics favorite to take home the gold in the 400m hurdles at the London Games, had to settle for bronze following Félix Sánchez’s surprising victory in the final to claim his second Olympic gold in that event.

“I’m not pleased with it at all,” said Culson, the world No. 1 all year who hadn’t lost outdoors this summer before these Olympics. “I lost my rhythm towards the end of the race and I couldn’t get it back. I send my apologies to the people back home, but at least I made it to the final.”

Javier Culson

But Culson can take solace in knowing he claimed Puerto Rico’s first Olympic medal in 16 years. And his bronze is the first Olympic medal Puerto Rico has ever won outside of the boxing ring.

Sanchez Returns to (Golden) Form at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

“Age is nothing but a number” is more than a saying for Félix Sánchez… It’s a reality, following his gold medal performance at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Two weeks before his 35th birthday, the Dominican American track veteran—considered years past his prime—surprised many held off Michael Tinsley of the United States and pre-Olympics favorite Javier Culson of Puerto Rico to win the 400m hurdles final at the London Games. He’s now the oldest man to win the 400m hurdles Olympic Gold.

Félix Sánchez

Sánchez, the 400m hurdles gold medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, repeated American Angelo Taylor‘s feat of grabbing a second Olympic gold eight years after his first. Taylor, the defending Olympic champion in the event, ended in fifth place.

Sánchez dedicated his win to his late grandmother Lilian, who passed away the morning of the first race in defense of his title at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Félix Sánchez

Grief-stricken, Sánchez ran his preliminary race in Beijing that night in a disappointing 51.10 seconds, more than three seconds off his personal best and too slow for him to advance to the semifinals.

“It was a very difficult day for me,” he told reporters afterward. “My heart was anywhere but on the track.”

Félix Sánchez

Four years later, Sánchez’s mind was back on his grandmother. He ran with a photo of the two of them pinned beneath his race bib and “Abuela”  written on his yellow spikes.

And after those shoes carried him to victory , giving the Dominican Republic its first medal at the London Games, Sánchez pulled out that picture, placed it down on the track, knelt and tenderly kissed the image of the woman who raised him.

Félix Sánchez

“”I’ve been really emotional all week, thinking about her,” said Sánchez. “I just wanted to make her proud… The day she died in Beijing it broke my heart. That’s why I ran with the picture close to my heart.”

Sánchez’’s victory will undoubtedly rank as one of the most unlikely gold medal-winning efforts of this week’s track and field competition. After all, he’d won two world championships, an Olympic gold medal and 43 races in a row from 2001 to 2004, but he hadn’t been in his best form recently.

Félix Sánchez

But Sánchez showed he was in it to win it in the semifinals when he ran the fastest time in any of the heats. And he followed that up with that remarkable race in the final, staving off a hard-charging Tinsley over the final two hurdles to capture gold.

During the medal ceremony, Sanchez couldn’t contain his emotion on the medal stand, bawling uncontrollably as his country’s national anthem played and the Dominican Republic flag was raised.