Puerto Rico's Monica Puig surprised the tennis world by winning the gold medal in women's singles at the Olympics.
After she beat Germany's Angelique Kerber in the final on Saturday the celebration was on for her and her country, which had never won a gold medal before.
Cubs infielder Javier Baez, who was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, joined in on the celebration on Instagram with a photo of Puig and a pro-Puerto Rico caption.
The Olympics were a breakout tournament for the 22-year-old Puig, who entered the tournament ranked 34th in the world. She's only made it past the third round in one major tournament, 2013 Wimbledon when she lost in the fourth round, but knocked off two top-five players en route to Olympic glory. Puig beat No. 3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza in the third round before knocking off world No. 2 Kerber in the final.
Puig was clearly emotional after her win. She draped herself in a Puerto Rican flag to show her country pride.
Cubs fans and Baez will both be hoping that he can bring some extra accolades in the name of Puerto Rico later this year.
Xfinity’s X1 Olympics Experience — progressing since London’s 2012 Olympics — features new software launching this season to give fans the comprehensive coverage they want.
For the first time, the Xfinity Stream App — a blending of traditional TV with power of the internet to give an at-home and on-the-go 24/7 experience — will be the Olympic fan’s primary resource for coverage on their favorite devices. This means video access for any event, both live and on-demand, no matter where you are.
Also, more than 50 Olympic channels will be offered by X1, including on-demand clips from epic wins, trending highlights and funniest moments of the games. Also, each sport will have its own individual homepage serving as a hub for the respective sport's comprehensive multi-platform content. No matter your preference, the customizable experience can be changed to reflect what each individual fan wants most.
Within the X1 Olympics Experience, there will be helpful, easy-to-use ways to get real-time information in the daily summary page, a one-stop cheat sheet for the biggest news, latest results, medal count and more. With 102 events offered, it’ll help viewers decide their plan of viewing action and stay up-to-date with the latest information.
For more, check out the interview above from Vito Forlenza, who serves as Executive Director, Business Product Management for Comcast Cable.
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Barbra Shimoda said she vividly remembers the first time her son starting skating at the age of 7. She never imagined it would lead to him attending the 2017 Special Olympic Winter World Games.
"Not in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen," Barbra Shimoda said. "We know we have our State Games in Illinois but the World Games—it's just not something you can plan for."
Out of 6,800 Chicago Special Olympic athletes, Tommy Shimoda is the only Chicagoan attending the games. The 24-year-old is headed to Austria in March with six other athletes from Illinois that will be representing Team USA. He will be competing in two speed skating events; the 500-meter race and the 777-meter race.
Shimoda is diagnosed with autism and communicates to others using a voice box. He’s been skating for 17 years and said his biggest inspiration is his brother, Clarke.
"I like speed skating because I get to go fast," Shimoda said. "Since I started training more for the games, my brother said I now skate faster than him."
Shimoda has been preparing for the World Games ever since he found out he would be attending after the State Games last year.
"I have been practicing three times a week," Shimoda said.
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