Puerto Rico’s first gold dredges up their complex Olympic past of tangled national identity

Gigi Fernández and Mónica Puig! Historical facts …… Very interesting!

Repeating Islands

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An article by Adam Kilgore and Jorge Castillo for The Washington Post.

The purple-orange sky over Centre Court provided a backdrop of magical beauty, an appropriate setting for the history Monica Puig intended to make. Angelique Kerber stood across the net, and Puig’s other opponent — the past — tinged the women’s gold medal final with her small island’s convoluted Olympic saga.

A Puerto Rican had won gold before, but never had an athlete representing the island, a territory of the United States, climbed to the top of the podium and listened to the anthem, “La Borinqueña.” No fewer than 18 Puerto Rican flags populated the stands Saturday evening, and the people waving them hollered, over and over in unison, “Si se puede!” All match, Puig repeated it back to herself: “Yes, I can.”

As the sun set and Puig chipped away, the chants rang out across Olympic Park…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

3 thoughts on “Puerto Rico’s first gold dredges up their complex Olympic past of tangled national identity

  1. Very interesting article, very fitting she is the first to win gold representing PR as she was also the first to win a medal period. The history behind it was very interesting and I agree, it might not help to solve the problems it sure helps to lift the spirit. 🙂 Thanks for sharing

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