Puerto Rico's First Olympic Gold Medalist Scores Huge Honor

Puerto Rico's First Olympic Gold Medalist Scores Huge Honor

Monica Puig of Puerto Rico reacts after defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Women's Singles Gold Medal Match on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal ever at this summer’s Rio Games.

And on Tuesday, Puig added to her victory when she won the award for Best Female Athlete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Awards held in Doha, Qatar. The ceremony honored the best sporting achievement’s at this summer’s Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old Boricua tweeted out a photo to celebrate:

Such an honor to win the award for Best Female Athlete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games! Thanks to my friends, family, ANOC, COPUR and my team! pic.twitter.com/Vuwf0QKF7D

— Monica Puig (@MonicaAce93) November 15, 2016

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Puig, who was ranked 34 the in the world, beat out second seed Kerber for the gold medal.

“I think I united a nation,” Puig said in an emotional interview following the match. “And I just love where I come from.”

We’re pretty sure the love is mutual.



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