Yiye Avila


José Joaquín Ávila (born 1925 in Camuy, Puerto Rico), better known as Yiye Ávila, is an evangelist and Christian writer for Latin America and a former (1953) Mr. North America. Yiye Ávila was born in Camuy, Puerto Rico. His parents (Pablo Ávila and Herminia Portalatin) were respected schoolteachers, and he eventually followed in their footsteps. Surprisingly, though, he enrolled at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico in San Germán, with plans to study medicine. There he graduated with a Bachelors degree in natural sciences and completed his pre-medical studies. In spite of this success, however, he chose to return to his hometown of Camuy and teach chemistry and biology at the local high school, where he taught for the next 23 years. Eventually, however, a change of careers would come about that would take him to over 100 countries.. He began playing baseball in the Double A level and training as a weight lifter. In 1952, he competed and won the Mr. Puerto Rico bodybuilding contest and would go on to win the title of Mr. North America in 1953. While training for the summer Olympic Games of 1956, Ávila experienced terrible pain in parts of his body and, after various tests,  ( Wikipedia article )


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