Salma Hayek Had A Sweet Message For Her Cousin Competing In The Rio Olympics

Photo: Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock.
Salma Hayek is showing her Olympic pride with a special message to her distant cousin, who is competing in Rio.

While Hayek wrote on Instagram that she hadn't had the pleasure to meet her track-and-field star cousin Yvonne Treviño Hayek yet, she was still rooting for her.

"I'm excited to see my cousin, Yvonne Treviño Hayek...to compete representing Mexico for the long jump at the Olympics next week," she wrote. "Viva Las Hayeks!!"

Viva, indeed. According to E!, the 27-year-old representing Team Mexico is the granddaughter of Salma’s father’s cousin. She's also the first woman in 48 years to be competing in the long-jump event for Mexico. Treviño Hayek currently holds the Mexican long-jump record, with 6.70 m or 21 feet, 11.75 inches.

Though she is competing for her first Olympic medal, the three-time Mexican national champion already holds a bronze medal from the 2011 Central American and Caribbean Championships.

In an interview with Hola! Mexico, she said her road to the Olympics wasn't easy — but that wasn't always a bad thing.

"It's important for people to know that this road isn't full of victories. This road needs character," she said. "There are times where you get lost, you get hurt, times that things don't turn out as you hoped for…that's how life is, and it's the same for the life of an athlete. They're learning experiences that are very important and shape you, so that you can face any challenge."

Well said. Treviño Hayek's long-jump final takes place on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

More from Pop Culture

For any outsider, it seems impossible to pinpoint exactly where things went wrong for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. However, some new details have ...
Some twentysomethings are all about enjoying the single life. Others can't wait to settle down. Nicole Kidman happened to be the latter. The 49-year-old...
Word to the wise: Should you ever become acquainted with any of the Kardashians, don't give out your phone number. Better yet, pretend you're on The Wire ...
Jeb Bush has been a Florida governor and a presidential candidate. His latest gig? Comedian, apparently. In an opening sketch for the Emmys, Jimmy ...
The Final Five are national treasures. They're basically a collection of perfect, perfectly happy humans. And who wouldn't be, especially after turning in ...
Earlier this week, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts announced their separation, ending their 11-year relationship. Their split tears at our freshly mended ...
Nick Jonas has already gone solo musically, but it seems he'd now like to do the same in his personal life. The single JoBro told Los Angeles ...
Justin Bieber's presence is requested in Florida, but, unfortunately for him, not by his fans. According to TMZ, a judge has ordered Bieber to come back...
Another week of Fantasy Football means another week of triumph, or in my case, heartbreak. My team, Good Better Besser, lost again this week. And to add ...
Single? Find yourself a John Legend. The man knows exactly what to say when his wife, model and social media guru Chrissy Teigen is brought up. In his ...
Justin Theroux is one year into his union with Jennifer Aniston, and he's happily married. His secret to success: kindness. The Girl on the Train star ...
Jennifer Garner's most important alias of the past decade has definitely been her role as a mother. The 44-year-old has three children (Violet, 10, ...
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna aren't broken up after all, y'all. They just are a experimenting with living in separate homes until the baby arrives, ...
Kim Kardashian West was assaulted on the street in Paris yesterday by Vitalii Sediuk. The serial celebrity stalker grabbed Kardashian's leg and tried to ...