Olympic anthem of the day #8: Puerto Rico!

Tennis player Monica Puig, Puerto Rico's first ever gold medallist, crying on the podium. Stolen from the Washington Post / Jonathan Newton

Tennis player Monica Puig, Puerto Rico’s first ever gold medallist, crying on the podium. Stolen from the Washington Post / Jonathan Newton

Years ago, I wrote on here about Puerto Rico’s national anthem – La Borinqueña – for one simple reason: it’s the world’s only sexy anthem. It was originally written as a dancehall song called Gorgeous Brunette, but, somehow, even as an anthem it still carries a little heat in the trumpets.

Which is why it’s such amazing news that Monica Puig (above) won the women’s tennis at the Olympics. Because it means I can feature it again!

Puerto Ricans have won gold before, but under the banner of the USA, so this was the first time the anthem was ever played at a Games. Monica actually lives in the US, but she apparently made sure to learn la Borinqueña’s every word before the final. In the end, she cried too much to sing.

(I hope you all watched it, by the way. The final game alone, when she kept on getting to match point, but losing, was exhilarating).

As a bonus, here’s the wonderfully sensual original song the anthem’s based on:

And here’s a fantastic article on Puerto Rico’s ongoing financial problems. It is effectively broke. Monica’s medal is the only light the country has had for a while.

Update: some footage of Monica Puig during the anthem has finally appeared!

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