22-year-old Tennis player Monica Puig, only moments ago, secured the gold medal in Rio after an amazing and unexpected rise from being among the top forty players in the world (her rank among women players was 34 prior to Rio 2016) and beating opponents who were both older and physically stronger than she was.
Some of them, like her Spanish opponent Muguruza a few games back, went on record expressing bewilderment at her game, her strategy, and her tenacity.
But it seems to me like the most important beneficiaries of her legacy, young as she is, are the young girls everywhere who may have never considered a career in sports, and who now will have this example of tireless discipline, education, and hard work to inspire them. I’ve been reading about her story for the last few days: a combination of sports training and attitude training. Her story has just begun.