When you bring home the first ever gold medal for your country, it’s safe to say you’ve had a pretty good year. That’s exactly what tennis player Mónica Puig did for Puerto Rico at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The San Juan, Puerto Rico native made history at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, not just by winning the island’s first ever gold medal, but also by being the first woman to ever do it. A Cinderella story if there ever was one, Puig entered Rio unseeded, with little if anyone caring about her first match. However, by match number two people started to ask about her. After she dominated No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza, aka the French Open champion, Puig had everyone in Puerto Rico’s attention. When she went on to beat the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals, well by then she had the whole world watching.
However, Puig probably best summarized what this victory meant, not just for her, but for her country when she said “I know that in Puerto Rico, not many people watch tennis or know what it is all about. But it is amazing how much a moment like that can mean for so many people.”
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