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The Puerto Rican Olympic Delegation proudly waves the puerto rican national flag. Javier Culson was the flag bearer. Javier Culson could be the one to bring Puerto Rico's first gold medal. He is the clear favorite to win in the 400 metres hurdles.

As one of just two events to feature a British reigning world champion, the men’s 400m hurdles final will be one of the most highly-anticipated athletics events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Dai Greene, winner of the world title in Daegu last year, is finding good form at just the right time after setting a PB of 47.84 in Paris and clocking  48.10 – his third best-ever time – in London earlier in July.

But on both of those occasions he was beaten by Javier Culson. The Puerto Rican athlete leads the world with his 47.78 season’s best and is undefeated this year. After taking silver at the past two World Championships, Culson is desperate to win his first major gold.  link to quote

Some interesting facts about the Puerto Rican delegation
a. Puerto Rico's first appeareance in the summer Olympics was in London, in 1948.
b. In 1948 Puerto Rico was still under US colonial rule and the flag that was used was a white flag with San Juan's coat of arms located in the center of the flag. After Puerto Rico became a self governing commonwealth with its own constitution, the spanish official name is Estado Libre Asociado, the Puerto Rican national flag was used instead.  
c. In 1980, the United States led a 61 nation boycott of the Olympics in Moscow but Puerto Rico was not one of those nations, in 1980 Puerto Rico sent 3 athletes to Moscow and used the olympic flag. Photo here
d. Puerto Rico has won 6 medals, all of them in Boxing, the first athlete to won a medal was Juan Venegas in 1948, Orlando Maldonado won the second medal (Bronze) in Montreal 1976. The last time Puerto Rico won a medal was in 1996, 16 years ago.

Buena Suerte Javier Culson! (Good Luck Javier Culson!) All the puerto ricans here in the US wish you the best!
Arriba Puerto Rico!

The two main newspapers of Puerto Rico , in their saturday-edition front page,  showed how proud puerto ricans are of their athletes.
Primera Hora wrote ''Por la Patria y por la Bandera'' (english translation : In the name of our Fatherland and our Flag)

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El Nuevo Dia wrote ''Vibra el Orgullo Boricua'' (english translation: Puerto Rican pride shines (or Puerto Rican pride shakes up the olympics)  

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more info and photos at the official website of the Puerto Rican Olympic Committe:Copur

Originally posted to casals on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 06:05 PM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos.

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  •  well - it actually pissed me off quite a bit (0+ / 0-)

    many many jobs in the textile industry, especially making military uniforms have been shifted from companies in the United States to Puerto Rico under the guise that they are "American" jobs at a cheap rate - undercutting labor jobs in the contiguous 48.

    So when I see them walk into the Olympic stadium under a different flag - that quite frankly pisses me off.

  •  Get over it! Anyone who has died or is willing to (2+ / 0-)
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    We Won, Olympia

    die for the American Flag is as much an American as anyone  living in the current 50 states. Make them a state already!

    Cheers

    "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." - President Merkin Muffley

    by Farkletoo on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 06:36:26 PM PDT

  •  Independencia.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Personally, I think that the U.S. should just unilaterally give Puerto Rico the right of independence. Puerto Rico has had too many times to determine if it wants to become a state, but it has always chosen either colonial status, a heightened commonwealth status or none of the above.  I understand the economics behind their desire to state with the United States and have quasi-independence, but economic dependent upon the United States is no a reason to keep the previous lands we received from the Spanish American War and the Cubano War of Independence that wasn't going so well--since Spain considered Cuba a province and not a colony. We unilaterally gave up the Philippines and Cuba (with a perpetual lease of Guantanamo, and the right to intervene in exchange for independence). It is time to unilaterally give up Puerto Rico and wish them well and extinguish the bonds and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship upon their residents.

  •  1st post (0+ / 0-)
  •  Quite a few non-real countries are (0+ / 0-)

    in the Olympics - Hong Kong, a number of Pacific islands, Monaco.
    Generally, any entity whose citizens don't have full participation in the activities of the larger entity it is part of (including voting where applicable) is considered Olympic eligible.
    Puerto Rico clearly qualifies.

    •  you are saying my country is not a country? (0+ / 0-)

      wow! Puerto Rico has the right to exist! We are a country even if you do not like it! 515 years of history and counting! When the pilgrims landed in the US there were churches and people praying, schools and children learning, government institutions in Puerto Rico and just like in the rest of Latin America, a country was growing. If Cubans or Venezuelans have the right to have a country so do Puerto Ricans and we have voted NO against annexation to the US, we do not want to lose our country identity and our nationhood which is Puerto Rican. Saying that Puerto Rico does not have the right to exist, that we are not a country and that we are just an ''entity'' is one of the most racist comments i have read here in DK.

      •  Well, define "country" (0+ / 0-)

        Puerto Rico is most emphatically a nation, but it is not a state. I'd call it a country, but if you're defining "country" as "completely politically independent state-type entity", it's not. Now, I'd define "country" as "nation", which it surely is. But there's shades of grey in that word.

        Besides the members of their own team, one of the stars of the USA men's gymnastics team, John Orozco, while born and raised in NYC himself, is the son of Puerto Rican parents.

        "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

        by ChurchofBruce on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 05:55:42 PM PDT

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      •  By country (0+ / 0-)

        I mean having several characteristics -

        1) passport
        2) currency (obviously there are exceptions, such as Eurozone)
        3) UN membership
        4) independent military
        5) embassies abroad and in their own capital

        Puerto Rico has none of these. You are American citizens, although with a different status than those who reside in the 50 states and DC.

        Didn't mean to stir up a hornet's nest. I don't consider Hong Kong or Monaco to be countries either.

        And, of course, if Puerto Rico wanted to be an independent country, they would have little difficulty achieving it - the US Congress would almost certainly grant them this is the voters of Puerto Rico approve.

        •  it is not fully sovereign (0+ / 0-)

          but still it is a country.

          •  Puerto Rico (0+ / 0-)

            would, if independent, be a vital, viable country, likely the leader of the Caribbean nations.

            But by no definition of which I am familiar, or just tried to find by looking up multiple sources, does it qualify as a country by definition of the word in English. It is not sovereign; its residents are citizens of the United States; it is not recognized by a single other country in the world as a country; it is not a member of the United Nations, nor is it eligible for membership.

            This is not meant as a slight on the island. But words have meaning, and I can't see any way, under current status, that Puerto Rico can be described as a country.

            Approve independence in a plebicite - then you'll be a country.

            •  Some other examples (0+ / 0-)

              The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is sometimes described of having four "countries" - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. And yet none of the four is a country today, but rather part of the country of the United Kingdom.

              Quebec in Canada sometimes calls itself a country - indeed, their provincial legislature is (translated to English) called the Quebec National Assembly. But again, no one really thinks of it as a country - they are part of Canada.

              Going back to the original point - the IOC does recognize some non-countries as having national status.

              Puerto Rico is not a member of the Organization of American States (States = Countries),  which includes nearly every nation in the Western Hemisphere except Cuba. It is not a member of CARICOM, the Caribbean Community organization (it has observer status).

              •  you need more info (0+ / 0-)

                your info is incorrect.
                1. England, Scotland and Wales participate as Great Britain in the Olympics. Quebec participates as Canada.

                2. Puerto Rico has observer country status in Caricom,IOC, UNWTO (associate), UPU *source us gov. factbook

    •  Puerto Rico is very real (1+ / 0-)
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      and so are Puerto Ricans.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now". Rev. William Barber, If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 07:13:18 AM PDT

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      •  i love the olympics (1+ / 0-)
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        because it unites puerto ricans, no matter which political party they belong to or which future they desire for the island, one thing is for sure, when a puerto rican athlete or team is up there competing to bring a medal or win a championship everyone in puerto rico is 100% behind their team and flag. soy boricua pa que tu lo sepas!

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