Puerto Rico at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games
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The 2012 Summer Olympic Games have drawn to a close. In the end, Puerto Rico’s athletes garnered 2 medals. We are very proud of all of the athletes who represented Puerto Rico in London, whether they won a medal or not. Just being an Olympic Athlete is an achievement in itself!
Let the Games begin!
As we all know by now, the 2012 Summer Games of the XXX Olympiad are being held in London from 27 July to 12 August.
For 16 days, over 10,000 athletes representing 204 countries will compete in 36 different sporting categories.
Puerto Rico will be represented by 25 athletes at these Olympic Games. They will be competing in Athletics, Boxing, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
We’re compiling a collection of PR-specific video highlights down toward the bottom of this article.
2012 Summer Olympic Games Live Streaming
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 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Puerto Rico’s athletes have garnered 1 Silver and 5 Bronze medals, all in boxing.
- Juan Venegas won Bronze in 1948 in London
- Orlando Maldonado won Bronze in 1978 in Montreal
- Luis Ortiz won Silver in 1984 in Los Angeles
- Arístides González won Bronze in 1984 in Los Angeles
- Aníbal Acevedo won Bronze in 1992 in Barcelona
- Daniel Santos won Bronze 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
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.
Puerto Rico’s 2012 Summer Olympic Medals
To date, Puerto Rico’s athletes have won a total of 2 medals in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The last time Puerto Rico won two medals in one Olympics was back in 1984 at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The medals in 2012 were the first medals won by Puerto Rico in non-Boxing events.
Tommy Ramos Rings Qualification 28 Jul 2012
Puert Rico in the Parade of Nations 27 Jul 2012
Puerto Rico’s Athletes in the 2012 Summer Olympics
Images used in this article are credited to London 2012 and Comité Olímpico de Puerto Rico (COPUR).
Source material for this article included the London 2012 web site, the Comité Olímpico de Puerto Rico web site, Wikipedia.org, as well as other sources.
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