Milka wins something

Posted by Iannucci | 10/08/2009 | , | 4 comments »
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Really. It's not a race, but it's a major award.

IndyCar driver Milka Duno, the first Hispanic woman to compete in the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Series, has won the 2009 American Latino Award in the "Favorite Alternative Athlete" Category in the 3rd annual American Latino TV Awards.

The American Latino TV Awards serves to recognize excellence and achievement in the American Latino community and is a tribute to the individuals, organizations and projects that have been featured in their seven-season library of multi-award winning and groundbreaking television shows.

The nominees were selected by the producers of American Latino TV " but the winners were decided by online fan voting. Videos of the nominees and winners in each category are available at

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I don't know what criteria defines an "Alternative Athlete", as if Milka was nominated with Hispanic skateboarders and skeet shooters, but whatever the case she was the winner. And since she isn't winning much else it's newsworthy. However, I am completely befuddled by American Latino TV viewers who voted, because although I am not an American Latino (despite being able to cook some fan-ta-bulous tomatillo and chicken enchiladas) I can say without hesitation she is not even the most interesting "Alternative Athlete" in her home nation of Venezuela.

You think I'm going to say it's EJ Viso, right? *BUZZER* Wrong! No, I think I found Viso's "Alternative Athlete" mentor. He's a 42-year-old baseball player by the name of Omar Vizquel.

Last winter, Vizquel and some buddies went to a wildlife refuge in Venezuela in the search for anaconda and to view other wildlife as well. About four hours into their trip, they found their snake.

In a video that Vizquel shared in the Rangers clubhouse during spring training, the group's guide stepped into shallow water to grab an 11-foot anaconda by the tail and pulled it onto dry land.

The Texas Rangers infielder... plans to try bullfighting when he goes home to Venezuela this winter.
I'm sure driving at over 200 miles per hour - and yes, there are times when Milka actually exceeds that speed - is quite a thrill, but when viewed as a skill I would rather take a chance at racing over Bullfighting or bare-handed Anaconda hunting. But that's just me.

Maybe next year Omar can rightly claim his award, although I suppose he has no shot at being determine a "favorite" unless he looks like this.


  1. DontDragMeDown // October 08, 2009 9:21 AM  

    I met her once. She is cute, nice and actually very intelligent (she has several degrees).. oh yeah her accent is sexy as hell too!

  2. J. SPIKE ROGAN // October 08, 2009 11:21 AM  

    Baseball is not a "alternative" sport in Latin America. Baseball is second only to soccer.

    I think a swim team member, and tennis player were against Milka.

    I love my clearence sale Milka shirt I purchased right before the IRL race at Richmond.

    I enjoy people asking me "Who is that woman on your back?"

    I always answer "My ex, or the race car driver?"

  3. ganassiboy // October 08, 2009 2:04 PM  

    Everytime I think she needs to get the heck out of the Indycar Series, I see a photo of her like the one in this article and think....she can stay and Danica can go fly a kite.

  4. Marco Cheever // October 09, 2009 4:35 AM  


    Same thing happens to me I have a shirt from her website but around here people know who she is. it's always a conversation starter.

    oh and yummm o !