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Angeles Ortiz Hernandez



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Daughter Samantha
Veracruz, MEX
Athlete, Student
English, Spanish
Higher education
Communications, International Business - University of Veracruz: Mexico

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
Mexican Paralympic champion Estela Salas moved near where she lived and invited her to take part in a competition. After seeing she had potential, she was invited to participate in regional competitions where she was noticed by national coaches. At first she did not want to compete nationally, but her family convinced her to participate.
Name of coach
Ivan Rodriguez Luna [national]; Xiomara Rivero [personal], CUB

General interest

Angie, La Leona [Spanish for 'lioness']. (Twitter profile, 18 Feb 2021;, 03 Jan 2020;, 24 Sep 2012)
Hero / Idol
Mexican Para athlete Saul Mendoza, Mexican Para swimmer Juan Ignacio Reyes. (Conademx, 10 Dec 2014)
In February 2015 she injured her right elbow while throwing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The injury turned into chronic tendinitis which needed micro surgery. She had to stop training completely for five weeks and could not compete at 2015 National Trials in Xalapa, Mexico. (, 30 Mar 2015;, 26 Jul 2015;, 10 Sep 2015)

In 2004 she was diagnosed with cancer but recovered. (, 08 Sep 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Through Para athletics, I was reborn. It rebuilt my life." (, 03 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
She received Mexico's National Sports Award in 2011. (, 09 Sep 2016)

In 2011 she received the Olmeca Wrestler Award [Luchador Olmeca] from the Mexican Sports Confederation. (, 2015)

She lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (, 08 Sep 2016)
Famous relatives
Her father was a professional baseball player in Mexico. (, 10 Aug 2011)
To set a world record and win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 28 Apr 2020;, 20 Mar 2018)
She was hit by a drunk driver and had to have her left leg amputated in 2004. (, 08 Sep 2016)
Other information
From 2016 to 2018 she served as director of the Sports Institute in Veracruz State, Mexico. While working in the role she realised she still had a passion for competing. "I have plans not only to be a coach, but also to continue training in the field that is my passion. If I have the patience to be a coach, there may be something bigger to transmit that knowledge. My project is broader and more complete. That is what I am preparing for." (, 24 Apr 2020;, 02 Dec 2018;, 01 Dec 2016)

Winning the first Mexican gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was an important milestone in her life. "I felt blessed with my medal, because it was the team's first in Rio, and it was gold. It caused me to have a leading voice, and received many acknowledgements and awards. I never thought about being a role model for anybody, but it is nice to be an inspiration for many young athletes." (, 09 Oct 2016)

She has a degree in international business and customs at the Superior School of International Commerce in Veracruz, Mexico. She also has a technical diploma in customs procedures. (Facebook profile, 21 Feb 2021)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F57/58 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F57/58 Final 2011-01-23 1
Women's Discus Throw F57/58 Final 2011-01-29 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F57/58 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F58 Final 1 2013-07-20 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F57 Final 1 2015-10-23 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F57 Final Round 2016-09-08 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F57 Final 1 2017-07-23 2