Meet the Athlete: Carlos Balderas

Lightweight boxer Carlos Balderas is going to his first ever Olympic games this august.

The 19-year old from Santa Maria, California is a first-generation Mexican-American who became the first athlete to make the 2016 U.S Olympic team last November.

He doesn’t have to participate in Olympic team trials because he won a series of matches in 2015 that earned him this prestigious spot.

Balderas says he owes his success to his family.