Pima Community College triple-jumper and long jumper Yuliana Perez competes in the long jump at her final home meet held at Pima, Saturday, April 27, 2002 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by James S. Wood / Arizona Daily Star

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After moving to Tucson from Cuba — she was born in Tucson — Perez became one of America’s leading triple-jumpers. Her NJCAA records from 2000 still stand after she won three national championships at Pima. She later won the USA Outdoor title in 2003 and competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics for Cuba. 

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