Since the Olympics have become a mainstream sporting event, the games itself have a way of creating stars in an amazing fashion.
One of the brightest new stars is American boxer Marlen Esparza.
Esparza was raised in Houston and her rise to stardom began during her early teens inside the dusty gym of Rudy Silva.
Silva was a very reputable trainer, but he only trained men at the time. The skills he saw in Esparza were eventually enough for Silva to take the future champion under his wing.
Esparza is well on her way to becoming one of the more popular faces of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Here are some facts to help you get acquainted with the champ.