It’s important to know who we are, from whom and from where we are formed… by telling these stories, we see an example of how we live, how we inspire and how we honor our ancestors, Aguanile, Mai, Mai…
MimiTVA Posting from the DMV, February 4, 2018
María Isabel Urrutia Ocoró (born 25 March 1965) is a former weightlifter, athlete and politician from Colombia. Raised in Valle del Cuaca, she was always a stellar athlete. Starting out in shot put and the discus throw she represented Colombia in the 1988 Summer Olympics.
On the advice of her coaches, Maria Isabel switched to weightlifting in 1989 and became an amazing champion. Urrutia won silver at the 1989 World Championships. She went on to win gold at the 1990, silver 1991, gold 1994, silver 1995, bronze 1996, silver 1997, and bronze at the 1998 World Weightlifting Championships.
Urrutia won a gold medal in the women’s 75 kg class in the 2000 Summer Olympics becoming the second Colombian woman to win a medal and the first ever to win gold. Maria Isabel Urritia is still the only gold medal winner to represent Colombia. During these games she carried the flag of Colombia in the inaugural parade. Post her Gold medal win, she was honored through out Latin America.
Nowadays she is retired from sports but she also became a politician. Urrutia held a seat in the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia from 2002 to 2010 (twice elected: 2002 and 2006). A popular elected official she was noted for her excellent legislative results and transparency in governing.