The confederation’s Instagram post, translated from Spanish, reads:
“With deep sadness, we bid farewell to a legend of Pan-American and Cuban Judo. Maricet Espinosa, affectionately known as ‘La Mole’, leaves an indelible legacy. Two-time Pan American Champion, World Medalist, and Olympic Representative in Rio 2016. Rest in peace, our dearest Maricet. Our condolences to her family and Cuban judo. Your spirit and your achievements will last forever.”
Reports indicate that Maricet Espinosa González suffered a heart attack on January 21 in Armenia, where she tragically lost her life.
In response to the financial challenges faced by González’s family, a GoFundMe page was launched on Monday to raise funds for the transportation of her body back to Cuba. The page highlighted the family’s insufficient funds to repatriate González’s body to her home country.
The Cuban Sports University, also known as Universidad del Deporte Cubano, expressed profound grief in a Facebook post, describing González as an outstanding judoka who achieved remarkable success at the national and international levels.
The university’s statement, translated into English, said:
“It is with great pain that the Cuban university sports community receives the news of the death of the outstanding Cuban judoka Maricet Espinosa González. At only 34 years old, ‘La Mole’ left for eternity, born in the capital, who stood out as a member of our national judo team, achieving two titles and a Pan American silver, all in the -63kg category.”
The university extended its deepest condolences to González’s friends, family, and colleagues.
Her legacy will forever be remembered in the annals of Cuban and Pan-American Judo.