I met Yeisser Ramirez as I meet most people – through dancing.
We’re both part of a vibrant community of salsa dancers in New York City who love Cuban music and dance, and during the pandemic we mask-danced safely together at various beach outings and Central Park events.
I knew Yeisser as a passionate and exhilarating dancer and as a DJ who never let me rest as he kept playing my favorite timba songs.
Little did I know that he was an Olympian hiding in plain sight, with a fascinating decades-long journey of struggle and determination to get from playing shoeless in the streets of Cuba to representing the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Read the rest of my article about Yeisser at Startup Cuba: Cuban Fencer Yeisser Ramirez on His Journey to the 2020 Olympic Games