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On August 13, tennis player Mónica Puig became the first to win a gold medal for Puerto Rico, her native country. 

The 22-year-old player, who ranks 34th in the world, beat the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova (a Grand Slam champion), Germany's Angelique Kerber (a reigning Australian Open champ), and the queen of tennis Serena Williams. So this is more than just a historic win: Puig defeated all odds, and Puerto Ricans were with her every step of the way.

Puig, who was still in shock, but very much elated over her big win spoke about her triumphant win. And who can blame her? Puerto Rico has been sending their finest athletes to the Olympics since 1948, and 68 years later Puig was able to give them their first gold.   

"I know the country really appreciates this, and I really wanted to give this victory to them,” Puig told The New York Times. “And the way I did it tonight, I wouldn’t want it any other way."

So, while Puig is still on cloud nine, we'd like to recap what proud Puerto Ricans were experiencing during this huge moment, and let us say: it was all about #PicaPower!

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All of Puerto Rico was glued to the TV

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And then she DID IT!

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She made the front page of every Puerto Rican publication.

We hope she's saving each one.

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We are loving this gif!

So much pride.

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Our favorite Puerto Rican supermodel gives Puig a loving shoutout.

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Yasssss!

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It's all about the slow clap.

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And what a moment that was.

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This is the Puerto Rico national anthem.

Beautiful!

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J.Lo sends a special message.

So awesome.

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Rosie could not contain herself.

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Lin's in tears!

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Eso, Ricky!

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Actress Roselyn Sanchez is very grateful.

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Same!

And we loved every second of it.

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And we're done...

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Now go enjoy this incredible moment!!

We are so very proud!