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!