Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
August 20, 2008
Henry Cejudo celebrates his gold medal in men's freestyle 55-kilogram wrestling after beating Japan's Tomohiro Matsunaga at the Olympic Games. Cejudo is the son of illegal immigrants who spent part of his childhood in Los Angeles. Cejudo, who had to come from behind to win the U.S. Olympic trials, trailed in all three of his preliminary matches in Beijing but he never trailed in the final. Cejudos parents divorced when he was 4 and he saw his father, Jorge, only one more time before he died in Mexico City. But his mother, Nelly Rico, raised a family of six children on her own, bouncing from low-paying jobs in California to New Mexico and Arizona.