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Road section may be named after Mónica Puig

By on August 23, 2016

NPP Representative José Aponte Hernández announced the presentation of a draft law to name a road section after Mónica Puig, as tribute to the tennis player’s historic achievement.

The measure was petitioned by Merced Gauthier, the New Progressive Party’s (NPP) candidate for the House of Representatives in San Juan, who last week proposed this acknowledgement to Puig. The area that would bear the athlete’s name is the road section that runs from the Juan Ponce de León Ave. in Hato Rey, in front of the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum.

Monica Puig of Puerto Rico poses holding the gold medal of the women's tennis competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. (AP / Vadim Ghirda)

Monica Puig made the island burst with national pride as she became Puerto Rico’s first ever Olympic gold medalist. (AP / Vadim Ghirda)

“Mónica represents pride and an example for Puerto Rico—not only for making history by winning the gold medal, but also for her humility, determination and perseverance, which lead her to conquering everybody’s love and admiration. Because of that, we understand it’s necessary to recognize her by naming said road section after her”, said Aponte Hernández.

Puig, born in Hato Rey on September 27, 1993, became Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medalist, as well as the first Hispanic female tennis player to attain a gold medal in the Olympics, following her individual female match in Rio 2016 last August 13.

Puerto Rico first participated in the Olympics in 1948, yet in all of its 68 years of engagement it had never achieved gold.

“Mónica dressed Puerto Rico in gold, setting the example that when there’s a will, when there’s disposition, delivery, the best can be achieved. Thanks for giving Puerto Rico a second breath. Thanks for making History. Your exceptional demonstration will live on in the annals of our history forever. We will always remember where we were when Mónica brought us gold”, expressed the pro-statehood Representative.

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