No America, You can’t claim Monica Puig’s Puerto Rico gold medal win as your own
Lynnette Cantos
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Please don’t lump all of us gringos together, Lynnette. I felt so fortunate because I just happened upon the final set of the Gold Medal Match and although I didn’t have a particular favorite, I knew that Kerber was a second seed, and I wanted to see her play. And then I witnessed the wonder that is Monica Puig. “Who is she? I’ve never heard of her,” I’m thinking. Her tenacity became mesmerizing; time after time she fought back either holding on to the lead she had fought for, or preventing Kerber from increasing hers. The end, at match point, when Kerber hit the ball out, and the realization of what she had just done hit Puig full force, was one of the top moments I’ve ever witnessed in sports. Monica Puig’s reaction was so absolutely genuine and heartfelt and seemingly ecstatic, that it moved me to tears. I couldn’t have been happier for her, or for Puerto Rico, or for all the Boricuas in the United States. I knew it wouldn’t be long before the claims that the Gold Medal — her Gold Medal, Puerto Rico’s Gold Medal — really But whenever I hear a reference to this story, I choose to remember a truly magical moment in the 2016 Olympics, because those moments are so few and far between.

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