They couldn't hide the tears when they spoke of leaving their families. Yet three Olympic champions who defected from Cuba are ready to begin new lives in a new country as professional boxers. ... Odlanier Solis, a 26-year-old heavyweight; Yuriorkis Gamboa, a 25-year-old super bantamweight; and 27-year-old Barthelemy left their hotel while training in Venezuela for the upcoming Pan American Games and then crossed into Colombia...All three were favorites in their weight classes to repeat at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Gamboa said he sold his 2004 gold medal last year to pay for his 2-year-old daughter's first birthday party. It's not uncommon for Cuban Olympic athletes sell their medals to earn cash to help their families, he added."Read the entire story here.