By Leonard Rodriguez
This column highlights inspiring stories of Latino leaders. For more than 500 years, Latino men and women have positively influenced the face of United States society. Let us celebrate these outstanding hispanics.

Cristina Teuscher

Quickly making swimming history and garnering national attention, swimmer Cristina Teuscher is compiling an enormous wealth of victories. A two-time U.S. national champion, Teuscher won a 1994 silver medal at the World Championships and three gold medals at the 1995 Pan Am Games.

Recently making Olympic history at the 1996 games in Atlanta, Teuscher won a gold medal and set an Olympic record in the Women’s 800-meter free-style relay, swimming the fastest 200-meter leg on the team.