The first miner to emerge, Ávalos is married with two children. He may have faced the brunt of media attention being the first up among the saved men, but his friends describe him as "shy."
He's only 19, and he said upon returning to fresh air that he's looking forward to his mother's cooking.
Yanez's wife had a baby during the time spent underground. He sent her a letter with a suggestion for the name: Esperanza, the Spanish word for hope.
After surviving the deadly Chilean earthquake last February, Bustos decided to take what he thought was a safer job as a miner.
A pro soccer player in Chile as well as a miner, Lobos received a signed jersey from David Villa, who played on the World Cup-winning Spanish team.
His nickname is "El Doctor" for vaccinating other miners against the flu, and when he rose from the mine he had to deal with someone else's love sickness. His wife had discovered that Barrios had been keeping a mistress, and refused to see him rescued. His mistress, though, was there to greet him.