Puerto Rico at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

2016 Summer Olympics

Let the Games begin!

As we all know by now, the 2016 Summer Games of the XXXI Olympiad are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 05 August to 21 August 2016.

For 16 days, over 11,000 athletes representing 205 countries will compete in 42 different sporting categories.

Puerto Rico will be represented by 41 athletes at these Olympic Games. They will be competing in Athletics, Boxing, Diving, Equestrian, Judo, Road Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

Puerto Rico’s Olympic Heritage

Puerto Rico has been competing under its own flag in the Summer Olympics since 1948, and in the Winter Olympics since 1984.

Prior to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Puerto Rico’s athletes have garnered a total of 2 Silver and 6 Bronze medals …

  • Juan Venegas won Bronze in Boxing in 1948 in London
  • Orlando Maldonado won Bronze in Boxing in 1978 in Montreal
  • Luis Ortiz won Silver in 1984 in Boxing in Los Angeles
  • Arístides González won Bronze in Boxing in 1984 in Los Angeles
  • Aníbal Acevedo won Bronze in Boxing in 1992 in Barcelona
  • Daniel Santos won Bronze in Boxing in 1996 in Atlanta
  • Javier Culson won Bronze in the Men’s 400m Hurdles in 2012 in London
  • Jaime Yusept Espinal won Silver in Men’s 84kg Freestyle Wrestling in 2012 in London

Olympic Training in Puerto Rico

2016 Summer Olympics

The Comité Olímpico de Puerto Rico (COPUR) (Puerto Rico Olympic Committee) is the National Olympic Committee for Puerto Rico. Founded in 1948, it is the official voice of the island to the International Olympic Committee. COPUR oversees Olympic sports on the island, and it selects the teams that will represent Puerto Rico in the Olympic Games. Its headquarters are in Casa Olímpico (which is the YMCA building) in Old San Juan.

The primary Olympic training facility in Puerto Rico, operated by COPUR, is the Albergue Olímpico (Olympic Hostel). Located in Salinas, the Albergue Olímpico was founded in 1983, as a training center for highly competitive athletes. The primary mission of the Albergue is to "build positive and educated minds in healthy bodies that are able to create new expectations of life".

Today, it serves as a training facility, as well as a public use athletic, recreation, and activity center. It has facilities for shooting, mountain biking (MTB), cycling, boxing, swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, baseball, soccer, and track & field events. For recreation, it has a water park, a children’s water park, rock-climbing walls, miniature golf, a botanical garden, and a museum.

Highlights of Team PUR at the 2016 Summer Olympics

13 August: Mónica Puig Wins a Gold Medal!
First Gold Medal for Puerto Rico, and First Woman to Win an Olympic Medal for Puerto Rico!

12 August: Mónica Puig Beats Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova to Advance to the Finals
Guaranteed a Silver or Gold Medal!

11 August: Mónica Puig Upsets Germany’s Laura Siegemund to Advance to Semifinals

09 August: Mónica Puig Upsets Garbine Muguruza to Advance to Quarter Finals

05 August: Parade of Nations

Team PUR for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Puerto Rico is being represented in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games by 41 athletes, competing in 43 different events across 15 sporting categories.

Athlete Sporting Category and Event Medals
Brian Afanador Table Tennis
Men’s Singles
Eric Alejandro Athletics
Men’s 400m Hurdles
Andrés Arroyo Athletics
Men’s 800m
Brian Babilonia Road Cycling
Men’s Road Race
Lauren Billys Equestrian
Individual Eventing
Lely Berlitt Burgos Ortiz Weightlifting
Women’s 48kg
Women’s 53kg
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn Athletics
Women’s 100m Hurdles
Luis Joel Castro Athletics
Men’s High Jump
Jeyvier Jesus Cintron Boxing
Men’s Fly 52kg
Grace Claxton Athletics
Women’s 400m Hurdles
Javier Culson Athletics
Men’s 400m Hurdles
Áurea Cruz Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Adriana Diaz Table Tennis
Women’s Singles
Stephanie Enright Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Alysbeth Félix Athletics
Women’s Heptathlon
Vanessa García Swimming
Women’s 50m Freestyle
Franklin Gómez Matos Wrestling
Men’s Freestyle 65kg
Manuel Huerta Triathlon
Men’s Individual
Yarimar Mercado Martinez Shooting
Women’s 10m Air Rifle
Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
Melissa Mojica Judo
Women’s Over 78kg
Vilmarie Mojica Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Celiangeli Morales Athletics
Women’s 200m
Lynda Morales Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Karina Ocasio Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Alexandra Oquendo Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
María Pérez Judo
Women’s 70kg
Diamara Planell Athletics
Women’s Pole Vault
Mónica Puig Tennis
Women’s Singles
Rafael Quintero Diving
Men’s 10m Platform
Beverly Ramos Athletics
Women’s Marathon
Diana Reyes Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Erik Risolvato Swimming
Men’s 50 Freestyle
Yarimar Rosa Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Daly Santana Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Debora Seilhamer Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
David Adley Smith Athletics
Men’s High Jump
Natalia Valentín Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Wesley Vázquez Athletics
Men’s 800m
Shara Venegas Volleyball
Women’s Tournament
Crystal Brittany Weekes Taekwondo
Women’s Over 67kg
Jamie Yusept Espinal Wrestling
Men’s Freestyle 86kg

For More Info

Source material for this article included the Rio 2016 web site, the Comité Olímpico de Puerto Rico web site, Wikipedia.org, as well as other sources.

Image, logos, and pictographs used in this article are credited to Rio 2016 and the Comité Olímpico de Puerto Rico (COPUR). The Parade of Nations video was posted on Facebook by Noticias 24/7. Those elements are the sole property of their respective copyright holders, and PuertoRicoDayTrips.com makes no claim to ownership of that content.

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Thanks for this great write-up. You guys are the best. I enjoyed it when I originally read it, and now it's extra special after Monica Puig's performance.

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