Here's to Mexico's stars

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On this day in 1821, Mexico gained its independence from Spain, providing a new homeland for several future noteworthy female sports stars. At the top of the list is Lorena Ochoa, who was the first Mexican golfer – male or female – to be ranked No. 1 in in the world. She won 27 LPGA tournaments – including two majors -- and $14.7 million during her seven seasons on the tour. She held the No. 1 ranking for more than three years, right up until her retirement in May of 2010, when she was 28. Other top Mexican-born female athletes include the late Soraya Jiménez, a weightlifter who became the first Mexican woman to win an Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000; Maria Espinoza, who won gold in taekwondo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing; and Alejandra Orozco, who won a silver medal in London in 2012 in synchronized diving.