“Thank You Mom”-Ondina Lopez, mother of Olympic Games Hopefuls.


As a mom, my priority is to raise confident, smart and successful children, although some days seems like an impossible task because of my three and fivr year old bad behavior, I don’t give up, I try to be creative and find a solution, after all, at this age, my children’s future is in my hands.

I’m not sure if I’m doing the best job raising my children, after all you don’t go to school to learn to be a parent neither children come with instructions and since every kid is different, no general manual would be helpful right?

My mission is to help my boys achieve their goals, the same way my parents did when I was growing up, they supported all of my ideas (Unless it was a crazy one) More than one time my mom did the impossible and unthinkable to help make my dreams come true, which made me very happy and I adore her for that. I’m certainly following her footsteps when it comes to helping my children win their gold medal in life, maybe not an Olympian medal like Ondina Lopez mom of London 2012 Olympic Games hopefuls Steven and Diana Lopez, who has always supported her children in their pursuit of Taekwondo.  I recently had the opportunity to interview this amazing woman, whose mission is to highlight the importance mom’s support can play in an athlete’s success. Ondina is a truly inspirational Latina.

Ondina, couldn’t be prouder of her four children, Steven, Jean, Mark and Diana, who are at the world elite level in Taekwondo. In 2005 during the World Taekwondo Championships, Steven, Mark and Diana made history when they each won gold becoming the first three siblings in any sport to claim World Championship titles at the same event!, “If you start something, you have to finish it, that’s what I taught my kids.” Says Ondina, that advice gave paid off, Steven and Diana are on their way to London! “I worked many jobs to make my kid’s dream possible. That’s our job, to help them achieve their dreams.” Ondina Lopez’s parenting philosophy comes from a life full of hard work and determination, “You have to fight for your children.” Says Ondina, who in 1972 along with her husband Julio, left Nicaragua and immigrated to the United States, today they reside in Houston, TX.

Ondina’s life doesn’t sound easy, raising four kids in a strange country and not speaking English, but that didn’t matter to her, “When it comes to your child’s goals, the only limit is the sky.” Says Ondina, who from the first day her kids started practicing Taekwondo, she’s been a rock star mom, “I always tell my children to be strong and leave fear behind.” Says Ondina, who confessed she would love to have a magic wand to make HER fear disappear, “I try to be strong for them, but inside I’m dying. I bite my nails whenever they are fighting.”

My five year old wasn’t so much into sports, but I thought it was important that he had that kind of responsibility and discipline.

Today he loves karate, baseball and we’re starting gymnastics next month, I know he might not be great at everything he doe, but just like Ondina’s husband (A fan of Martial Arts) did with his children by introducing them to Taekwondo, I think, as a mom is my job to encourage my children to be driven, competitive but most importantly try to be their best at everything they do, but for those moments when they’re not their best, this is Ondina’s advice, “I tell my children, ‘You were your best and there’s always another opportunity to win’.” These words changed the way I try to inspire my kids to fight for their dreams everyday.

Support and confidence are key to succeed in this life, Steven Lopez gets all these from her mom, as well as from Crest & Oral-B Complete, who gave this two-time Olympic gold and bronze medalist a winning smile.

Lopez, will be competing in the 80kg division at this year’s games, he partnered with Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), to share how a healthy oral care routine is an important part of his winning moments a habit I definitely instilled in my kids every day, not only because seeing their smile is a priceless moment, but I want them to be proud of who they’re inside and out. 

As a daughter, I can only imagine how proud Ondina’s children must be of her mom, “As a mom I gave my kids everything they needed, that’s how I would like them to remember me.” Says Ondina.

From now on, I will try everyday for this to be my legacy. Thanks Ondina Lopez,!

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Crest and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.


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  1. Jennifer says:

    What an incredibly inspirational story! And the martial arts aren’t easy at all – most kids quit out of frustration. What a wonderful family and wonderful mom. :)

  2. Caryn B says:

    She is incredibly inspirational and I was so honored to be a part of the call. And she should be so proud!!!

  3. Janet S. says:

    Nice family. His mom did a great job raising her kids but im surprised Steven’s spanish isn’t that great.