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Mathletes Del Toro Helped Send To Int'l Competition Make History w/First Gold For Mexico

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Mathletes Del Toro Helped Send To Int'l Competition Make History w/First Gold For Mexico

"This is the best showing Mexico has ever had in the competition."

Guillermo del Toro may have helped get them there, but these young mathletes relied on their skills to get them onto the awards stage, winning 8 medals, including two gold, the first in Mexico's history.

The International Mathematics Competition is considered one of the most difficult contests in the world. Five hundred students from 27 countries, mainly Asian, competed in this year's event - and Mexico proved that the people of the sun can hold their own. 

"This is the best showing Mexico has ever had in the competition," the Mexican Math Olympiad tweeted.

Mexico's team of 8 elementary and middle school mathletes, known as the "Dream Team," brought home 8 medals, including two gold medals, the first in Mexico's history. The young Aztecas also won an award for Most Creative Cultural Performance, dancing to Son de la Negra in their charro suits.

Twelve year old Mateo Iván Latapí Acosta of Mexico City puso el nombre de México en alto with an individual gold, and a team gold alongside his fellow middleschoolers. 

Leonardo Míkel Cervantes Mateos, also from Mexico City, and Sebastián Montemayor Trujillo of Nuevo León brought home silver medals, while Karla Rebeca Munguía Romero of Sinaloa, Luis Eduardo Martínez Aguirre, also of Nuevo León, y Jacobo of Yucatán each came away with a bronze medal, as did the elementary school team.

But these young talents might not even have been able to compete without the help of none other than Guillermo del Toro

Earlier this year, the equipo was struggling to raise the money they needed to travel to the competition in Durban, South Africa.

With very little help from the government and a fundraising campaign that just wasn't cutting it, things weren't looking good. That's when their hardship came to the attention of GDT.

The Oscar-winning director, who just received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, proved that he is as generous as he is talented, offering to pay for their flight.

Dumbstruck and thrilled, the team accepted. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Bravo chicos y Memo for inspiring us with Orgullo Mexicano!

 

 

 

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