Our USANA athletes have made history once again! The world’s best sporting representatives clashed heads together in over two weeks of gut-wrenching competition at the 2016 Olympic Games. From the ashes emerged the victorious modern-day heroes that we now call Olympians.
The games have officially come to a close but for a handful of Team USANA athletes the excitement is only just beginning as they travel home with glistening medals and a newfound celebrity status.
Overall Team USANA competed in everything from shooting to swimming and successfully captured two gold, three silver and one bronze medal whilst in Brazil!
Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) at Rio
USANA sponsors the WTA Association, the principal organizing body of women’s professional tennis. As a result, some of the biggest names in tennis use USANA’s products every day and are proud to say they are part of Team USANA. They are part of more than 70 USANA-sponsored athletes that competed in Brazil last month.
WTA player Monica Puig makes history!
The most notable Team USANA 2016 Rio Olympic Games achievement comes from Women’s Tennis Association Brand Ambassador, Monica Puig who captured historic gold for Puerto Rico in the women’s singles tennis event! Facing a tough line-up of tennis royalty, Monica went on to defeat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová, and defending Roland-Garros champion Garbiñe Muguruza before ultimately defeating World No. 2 Angelique Kerber of Germany in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-1) during the gold medal final match. Not only was the win the cherry on top of Monica’s first Olympic experience, it signifies much more to her home country of Puerto Rico.
In winning, Monica become the first athlete — male or female — to win a gold medal for Puerto Rico, and is the first Puerto Rican female to ever win a medal at the Olympic Games since the nation’s first appearance in 1948. “I still can’t describe how it feels to be an Olympic champion and to have won the gold medal in Rio! The last two weeks have been incredible, and the support I’ve received from USANA and fans around the world means a lot to me.” — Monica Puig, USANA Brand Ambassador
Monica has been a Brand Ambassador for USANA since 2014 and is proud to use USANA’s products.
“We congratulate Monica on her historic performance and all of our sponsored athletes on their achievements this past month,” said USANA Chief Communications Officer Dan Macuga. “We are honored to partner with such elite and diverse athletes, and look forward to watching them grow in their respective sports as they prepare for their next steps in their athletic careers.”
More notable highlights from USANA’s WTA Olympians:
Madison Keys of the United States came in 4th overall in women’s singles tennis, reaching the semi-finals. She recorded the longest match in Rio at 3 hours and 14 minutes, over fellow Brand Ambassador Kristina Mladenovic of France.
Samantha Stosur of Australia who is currently ranked 14th in the world, became a four-time Olympian in Rio, after competing in the women’s singles and doubles tournaments. She made it to the 3rd round of the women’s singles competition but unfortunately suffered a grueling defeat to rival World No.2 Angelique Kerber of Germany.
WTA Brand Ambassador Caroline Wozniacki had the honor of carrying Denmark’s flag in the Opening Ceremony. She competed in the women’s singles tennis tournament, making it to the 2nd round.
Genie Bouchard competed in the both the women’s singles and doubles tennis tournaments, making it to the 2nd round in the doubles competition.
Alize Cornet competed in the women’s singles tennis tournament, making it to the 2nd round.
Zheng Saisai competed in the both the women’s singles and doubles tennis tournaments, making it to the 2nd round in both competitions.
Kristina Mladenovic competed in the women’s singles, women’s doubles, and mixed tennis tournaments. She also made it to the 2nd round in the singles tennis competition.
Sloane Stephens competed in the women’s singles tennis tournament.