Despite the fact that Puerto Rico is an unincorporated U.S. territory it has participated in the Olympics as an "independent" country. This is in 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 had eight Olympic medalist winners, 6 bronze medals, and 2 silver medals.
I'm really excited to share with you eight Puerto Rican Olympic Medalist:
|Images via Commons Wikimedia here, here and here|
- Juan Venegas, Bronze Medal from the 1948 London Games in Boxing.
- 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.
|Image source Santos on the right|
- 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.
I'm looking forward to this year's Olympics, and rooting for my small in size country but huge in heart!
The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together. Today, you can find more about other sports/games from various countries thanks to our participating bloggers:
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Copa América: We Are the Champions - La clase de Sra. DuFault
Football in the Netherlands: The Men in Orange - Expat Life with a Double Buggy
Summer sports in Latvia - Let the Journey Begin
Valuable Lessons From The Olympic Sports to Kids - Hispanic Mama
Fencing with Ibtihaj Muhammad - Kid World Citizen
Puerto Rican Olympians - Discovering the World Through my Son's Eyes
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