Monica Puig Wins Gold at Rio Olympics 2016, Artists Celebrate
Read what Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ricky Martin, Daddy Yankee and more had to say.
In a display of sheer guts, 22-year-old Monica Puig won gold at the Rio Olympics, beating world No. 2 Angelique Kerber in a roller coaster, three-set final. And social media went nuts! Turns out Puig is the first Puerto Rican female athlete to win an Olympic medal and the first to win a gold. Period.
No wonder the hashtag #PicaPower become the No. 1 global trending topic.
At a time when Puerto Rico is in dire straights, besieged by the Zika virus and economic woes, Puig's win is a breath of fresh air for the island -- and for its artists.
Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted a succession of increasingly excited messages. "PUIIIIIIIG" read one, followed by: "Pride level right now, a coqui singing Preciosa."
And when the win came:
FIRST GOLD FOR ----— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 13, 2016
Everyone at Casa Miranda is bawling.
Daddy Yankee, clearly a Puig fan, was tweeting for Puig since her win yesterday over Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova.
"Today without a doubt, Puerto Rico is the happiest island in the world. Thank you Monica!" tweeted Ricky Martin, who's also been following the action closely.
"Thank you champion for the tears of pride and joy you've let us enjoy with your triumphant gold medal!" wrote Ednita Nazario.
"CONGRATULATIONS," Jennifer Lopez tweeted. "YOU DID IT!!!"
Salsero Victor Manuelle perhaps said it best: "Today no one is talking about politics or economics. We're all following one BORICUA."
Hoy mi P.R no habla de política, ni situación económica ect.. Todos pendientes a la actuación de una Boricua!! @MonicaAce93 ya eres ganadora— Víctor Manuelle (@VictorManuelle) August 13, 2016