Few people probably expected Monica Puig to get the Olympic gold.

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Puig represented Puerto Rico in women's tennis at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Before Rio, Puerto Rico hadn't won a gold medal in, well, any Olympic sport in more than 60 years. Puig was an unlikely bet to get one this year too. In the ranks of the top tennis champs in the world, Puig wasn't even in the top 20. Going into the Olympics, she was ranked 37th.

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Majlinda Kelmendi just won Kosovo's first ever Olympic gold medal.

She really does have the heart of a champion.

This is Majlinda Kelmendi. She competed in Rio as a member of Kosovo's national team, and she made history.

For the first time ever, Kosovo is fielding a team at the Olympics. Just eight years removed from the country's declaration of independence from Serbia, the war-torn country has earned a spot atop the world's premier sporting stage.

Majlinda Kelmendi waves Kosovo's national flag during the flag handover ceremony in Pristina on July 29, 2016. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images.

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17 powerful quotes from athletes representing Team USA at the Olympics.

Our country's greatest athletes have some major words of wisdom.

For 16 days in August, the world will unite in shared anticipation, joy, defeat, and amazement. Welcome to the Olympics.

Athletes from around the world will come together in the name of competition, pitting humanity's strongest, fastest, and most talented individuals against one another in the name of eternal glory. In other words, for those participating and those of us who will be glued to our TV sets over the next two weeks, it's a pretty big deal.

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