August 13th Is A Historic Day In Puerto Rican Olympic History
On August 13, 1948, world class boxer Juan Evangelista Venegas dominated Belgium’s Louis Callenboat in the XIV Olympic Games in London, and brought home a bronze medal—Puerto Rico’s first Olympic medal in history. On Friday August 13, 2016, Boricua tennis champ Monica Puig won the island’s first-ever gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Although these events are separated by 68 years of time, proud Puerto Ricans across the globe will always hold August 13th close to their hearts.
“I’m speechless,” Puig said, “I never imagined in my wildest dreams that this would happen.” The president of Puerto Rico’s Olympic Committee, Sara Rosario Velez, later added: “This is a great day for all the Puerto Ricans—that live in Puerto Rico and around the world!”