Juantorena remains a national hero in Cuba and serves as its Vice Minister for Sport, in which capacity he is essentially in charge of the fitness of his countrymen. He points proudly to the fact that Cuba's Olympiad, a nationwide competition for youngsters 9 to 16, now draws 7,500 competitors.
He married for the second time four years ago, and he and his wife, Yudelsy, have two children, Stefanie and Javier Alberto, to go with the three from his previous marriage. He runs five kilometers three times a week, plays softball and baseball on weekends and enjoys hiking in the mountains or going to museums and concerts with his family. Some accuse him of being too willing a mouthpiece for Fidel Castro's regime, but Olympic film historian Bud Greenspan puts a different spin on it. "He is such a gracious, charming man in social settings," says Greenspan, "that he is the greatest advertisement for Castro there can be."