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Indian women star in Bolivia's wrestling spectacle


Indian women are the new stars of "lucha libre," Bolivia's version of entertainment wrestling.

Adopting stage names and personas, the women take to the ring in traditional dress. Known as the Cholitas, they attract thousands of spectators in El Alto, a largely Indian city in the western mountains, and sizable crowds in smaller towns.

One of the biggest stars is Ana Polonia Choque. She is 40, owns a successful jewelry business and has two kids. Her training regimen includes workouts and a weekly hike up a 15,000-foot peak.

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