Orlando Ortega started his sports career in Cuba with playing baseball and boxing and discovered athletics when he was 12 years old. He got in touch with athletics in school where the focus was on both sports and education. Orlando started with the decathlon but his father soon saw that he had a good hurdles technique. And that was the start of his athletics career. His father, Orlando Ortega senior, coached him till he was 15 years old. Since 2015 they started working again and his father guided him to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Orlando’s international career started in 2011 by running the final of the Pan American Games and winning a bronze medal in a time of 13.30. One year later he ran his first Olympic final in London and finished sixth. Orlando changed nationalities in 2015 and now competes for Spain. In Rio de Janeiro, he won the first medal for his new country, a silver medal in the 110mH!