Monica Puig went to the Rio Games with one WTA title to her name. She left Rio with a gold medal, memories of a magical week and status as first Puerto Rican—male or female—to step onto the highest platform of the Olympic medal stand.
She adds this to her award as Best female athlete at the Rio Olympics: Monica Puig’s unlikely run to win Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal inspired the world, and on November 16, she received the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Award for Best Female Athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. After thanking the committee and her family at the awards ceremony in Doha, Puig dedicated the award to her home country. “A big, big thank you to Puerto Rico,” she enthused on stage. “You guys have stood by me through the highs and the lows, and thank you for always believing in me. I know for many years to come I will continue to keep making you proud,” she added, before signing off with a “sí se puede,” her famous Olympic rallying cry of “yes we can.”