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Puerto Rico's First Gold Medalist Is Already A National Treasure

All hail Monica Puig.

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Puerto Rican Monica Puig stunned the tennis world — and presumably herself — on Saturday night when she defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber to win gold in the women's singles at the Rio Olympics.


As did Ricky Martin, who said there was no doubt Puerto Rico was the happiest island in the world on Saturday.

Hoy, sin duda alguna, mi Puerto Rico es la isla más feliz del mundo. #GRACIASMONICA 🏅💥👊🏼 @MonicaAce93 #PUR

The secretary of the island's Olympic Committee, Carlos Beltran, told the newspaper El Vocero Puig's win was "a message to Puerto Rico that we can unite and do great things."

On Sunday, Puig wrote on Facebook that she was "overcome with emotions" and couldn't find the words to express how happy she was to bring home gold.

Facebook: MonicaAce93

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David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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