“This medal’s for you, Puerto Rico”
By Génesis Ibarra
Puerto Rican tennis player Mónica Puig landed on Borincan soil today, Saturday at 5:00 p.m. after conquering Puerto Rico’s first gold medal in Rio Olympics 2016.
Even though it’s not the official celebration, the Puerto Rican people flooded the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to welcome Puig. Residents from municipalities such as Carolina, Fajardo, Yauco and Río Grande gathered to display their support and gratitude to the athlete.
Governor Alejandro García Padilla and First Lady Wilma Pastrana received Puig upon her arrival to the airport, and thereupon proceeded to hold a press conference on the spot.
“The date August 13, 2016 is a day that will go down in Puerto Rico’s history”, declared García Padilla.
As of 4:00 p.m. Caribbean Business has boasted a special coverage of the event throughout its social media accounts to celebrate the golden medalist’s homecoming.
Puig dedicated her victory to the island and sent heartfelt advice to Puerto Rico’s youth. “Nothing’s impossible…don’t stop dreaming”, stated the awarded tennis player. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”, she added.
The Puerto Rican athlete emphasized the importance of staying true to oneself: “I made it this far being who I am and I won’t change”.
As to her historic triumph, Puig said that the key to clinching the gold medal was to remain cool and focused. She also owed her success to her trainer and work team, affirming that they “really organized my game”.
“I tried to focus on what’s mine and I can say that I’m very proud to represent Puerto Rico”, gushed Puig. “I knew that I had to win that medal for Puerto Rico, to brighten up many people’s lives”.
Despite today’s arrival to the island, Puig expressed that she’d rather wait the rest of Puerto Rico’s delegates in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate their victories among the people. The celebration will be held next Tuesday, August 23 in the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum.
The 22-year-old tennis player became the first woman and athlete to clinch Puerto Rico’s first ever historic gold medal last Saturday, August 13. Her prowess in Rio managed to unify the country in a single voice to celebrate the much-desired victory.
Stay tuned to Caribbean Business to enjoy the special coverage of Mónica Puig’s welcoming.