She did it!!! Monica just won Puerto Rico’s first gold medal in the Olympics!
The 22 year old Puerto Rican, ranked #34, being the lowest ranked woman to win a gold medal or to even compete for one. She is also the first Puerto Rican tenis player to reach finals in the olympics, the first Puerto Rican woman to win a medal in the Olympics, the third Puerto Rican to compete for gold and the first to win.
Monica was competing in the olympics for the first time, and she won her gold after defeating Polona Hercog (Slovenia), Gargiñe Muguruza (Spain), Laura Siegemund (Germany), and Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic). Today she played the number 2 seed , Angelique Kerber from Germany.
Everyone in Puerto Rico was watching the game and celebrating, cheers could be heard from other apartments and there were no cars in the streets, until the game ended. After the game, people started celebrating and we can still hear them celebrating, playing music yelling stuff out of car windows, and honking their horns.
Some people have taken to the streets to celebrate, other like me, have turned to social media to show and share our happiness. This is a historic moment for us, a moment that I hope to be talking about years from now when people ask about that moment Monica won the gold medal in the Olympics in Rio, our flag was hanging high in Brazil and it was the first time our anthem was played in the Olympics for the whole world to hear.
Every Puerto Rican, those here in Puerto Rico, those in the United States and other places in the world are celebrating today. As we have all faced bad times this year, we all face the good times together with a lot of energy. We know how to celebrate and have a good time, and Monica’s gold medal deserves celebration.
Celebrate and have fun tonight but keep it safe.
Felicidades Mónica y gracias!
¡Mónica Puig gana primer oro para Puerto Rico!
Tennis player Monica Puig wins Puerto Rico’s first-ever Olympics gold medal