Puerto Rico's Monica Puig says she still cannot believe at times that she has won the Olympic Gold medal, while speaking to NBC 7 in an exclusive interview. Puig, who the gold medal four years ago in a surprising run at the Rio Games, commented, "It’s a title that I still haven’t really realized as of yet that it’s true, I look at the gold medal and it makes me emotional because I’m like this really did happen”.
She also adds that she has given the medal to her parents for safekeeping since she tends to lose things easily. “You know I’m the type of person that loses things all the time and moms never lose anything. I’m like 'Mom where’s my shirt?' And she’s like holding it up, 'It’s right here, Monica!' So I trust them with the medal and once I have a stable place where I can settle down I’ll probably have it for myself and display it somewhere”.
Speaking about the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Games and the possibility of it being cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Puig says, "We’re all concerned for our own well-being and safety, and the well-being and safety of everybody else.
The Olympics is an event that brings together so many different athletes and unites so many different people, so we just want everybody to be safe. We’re going to closely monitor the situation and see if it’s in our best interest to go or not, but obviously the Olympics is something we never want to postpone and something that we don’t want to go away, but things being the way it is, we also have to keep ourselves and our bodies as healthy as possible." As of now, the Olympic officials have said that the Summer Games will continue as planned.