To a joyful chorus of “¡si se puede!” from her supporters, Monica Puig won a gold medal in the 2016 Olympic Games. The 22-year old tennis star defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber yesterday, in the women’s singles competition.
Kerber is currently ranked as the #2 female tennis player in the world, but Puig beat her decisively: with poise and gracious humility.
Puig’s victory is also a first…the first Olympic gold medal ever won by a Puerto Rican athlete, while representing Puerto Rico.
Other Puerto Rican athletes have won the gold, but they were competing for the U.S. flag.
To her great credit, Puig was fully aware of the symbolic importance of her victory as a Puerto Rican athlete, representing her own island.
On the tennis court, in her very first interview after winning the gold, Puig said…
“This is for them. I think I united a nation. I just love where I come from.”
Thank you to Monica Puig, for sending this powerful message to her people…Si se puede!
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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