Leo Manzano’s Pre-Race Ritual

I was so glad to see Leo Manzano streak down the backstretch and get the silver medal in last night’s 1500m race.  Here is a nice piece on Manzano, who came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant.

But can someone explain his pre-race ritual?  Seriously, I would like to know more about it.  I am guessing that it is somehow rooted in Mexican Catholicism, but I could be wrong. (If it is a spiritual ritual, I have a bit of a problem with the goofy music used in this YouTube clip).

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  1. My guess would be that he is asking God to bless particular parts of his body, as he prepares to race with them, and that he is tracing the cross on each of these parts, but I am unfamiliar with the tongue/saliva part of the tracing crosses.


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