Soraya Jimenez has died of a heart attack. The Olympic gold medalist was 35 years old.
The Mexican Olympic Committee released a statement on Thursday saying it was “in mourning” following Jimenez’s death.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Maria Espinoza won a gold medal in taekwondo, the only other Mexican woman to win an Olympic gold.
Jimenez became a national female Mexican hero but decided to retire after the 2004 Athens games.
Having only one lung, a weakened immune system after fighting the flu several times, and left knee problems that required surgery 14 times, she retired from weightlifting and became a sportscaster for the Televisa television network.
Jimenez’ early death is not only being mourned by fans of the 2000 gold medalist and by Televisa television network fans but by many Mexican women who considered Soraya an inspiration.