Monica Puig became Puerto Rico’s first gold medalist during the Rio 2016 Olympics and Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, became the second gold medalist during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 
Despite the fact that Puerto Rico is an unincorporated U.S. territory it has participated in the Olympics as an “independent” country. This is due to the fact that it was recognized by the International Olympic Committee Charter back in 1948 as a separate entity (country) from the U.S.A.
Puerto Rico has tent Olympic medalist winners, 6 bronze medals, 2 silver medals, and 2 gold medals.    I’m really excited to share with you eight Puerto Rican Olympic Medalists:
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  • Juan Venegas, Bronze Medal from the 1948 London Games in Boxing.
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  • Orlando Maldonado, Bronze Medal from the 1976 Montreal Games in Boxing.
  • Luis Ortiz, Silver Medal from the 1984 Los Angeles Games in Boxing.
  • Aristides Gonzalez, Bronze Medal from the 1984 Los Angeles Games in Boxing.
  • Anibal Acevedo, Bronze Medal from the 1992 Barcelona Games in Boxing.
  • Daniel Santos, Bronze Medal from the 1996 Atlanta Games in the Boxing.
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  • Jaime Espinal, Silver Medal from the 2012 London Games in Wrestling.
  • Javier Culson, Bronze Medal from the 2012 London Games in Men’s 400 Metres Hurdles.
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I’m looking forward to this year’s Olympics, and rooting for my small in size country but huge heart Puerto Rico!

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  1. Puerto Rico is obviously very strong in boxing; such great results for such a tiny place, good luck in Rio! #OlympicsMKB

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