“Monica’s performance this summer was one that grabbed the attention of sports fans around the world and is something she should be extremely proud of,” said Dan Macuga, USANA’s chief communications officer. “We congratulate her on this wonderful achievement and are proud to have her as a valued member of Team USANA.”
In winning the women’s singles tennis event, Puig become the first athlete — male or female — to win a gold medal for Puerto Rico, and is the first Puerto Rican female to ever medal at the Summer Games since the nation’s first appearance in 1948. Prior to her success, the island only held two silver and six bronze medals.
The award winners were selected by the ANOC jury which comprises representatives from each of the continental associations, the ANOC Athletes’ Commission chair, Association of Summer Olympic International Federations President, ANOC secretary general and media representatives. The jury collated a shortlist of candidates during the Games and then met after the conclusion of Rio 2016 to determine the winners.
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