The Mexico-born actress wrote a sweet message of support for Olympic long jumper Yvonne Treviño Hayek on Instagram Sunday.
“I’m excited to see my cousin, Yvonne Treviño Hayek, (who I haven’t had the pleasure to meet yet) to compete representing Mexico for the long jump at the Olympics next week,” the Hollywood star wrote in the caption.
“Viva Las Hayeks!!” the “Frida” actress added, before repeating the post in Spanish and saying, “I am very proud!”
In a further show of support, Hayek later reposted a snap of the 27-year-old standing by the Olympic rings and urged everyone to watch her cousin compete.
Hayek’s dreams of Olympic glory were halted when her father stopped her from being drafted onto Mexico’s national gymnastic team when she was a child.
But her Houston-based relative, whose grandfather is Salma’s father’s cousin, has gone on to break her country’s long jump record and Tuesday she will become the first female long jumper to represent Mexico at a Games since 1968.
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