Rio Olympics: Twitter Celebrates With Monica Puig as She Wins Puerto Rico's First Gold Medal
Fans (including Lin-Manuel Miranda) shared their #PicaPower after the athlete upset Angelique Kerber in the women's tennis singles final Saturday.
Monica Puig won Puerto Rico's first gold medal in any sport in Olympic history, upsetting Angelique Kerber in the women's tennis singles final at the Rio Games.
Even before Saturday's victory, Puig already was assured of being the first woman representing Puerto Rico to earn a medal of any color at any Olympics. Puig is ranked 34th and is the first unseeded women's singles gold medalist since tennis returned to the Olympics in 1988.
Kerber was seeded No. 2, won the Australian Open in January and was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month. She was trying to give Germany its first singles gold since Steffi Graf won in 1988, but instead she will go home with a silver. Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic won the bronze.
#PicaPower began trending after Puig won gold and the Puerto Rican national anthem played for the first time at the Olympics.
See some of the reactions on Twitter below.
FIRST GOLD FOR— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 13, 2016
Everyone at Casa Miranda is bawling.
Monica Puig takes the GOLD and makes history with first gold for Puerto Rico in any sport. BIG pic.twitter.com/SoFuDccB75— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) August 13, 2016