Various athletes are racking up Olympic medals, and New York class of elected officials are taking note.
First up, outspoken State Senator Rubén Díaz, Sr., who has already weighed in on this year’s premier athletic event before, issued a press release this afternoon entitled, “The Dominicans and Puerto Ricans are not far behind.”
“I join the Dominican and Puerto Rican community, for its glorious participation in the 2012 London Olympics,” he pronounced. “With great pride I am honored to congratulate the Dominican Track Runners, Felix Sanchez who won a Gold Medal in the 400 meter hurdles, Luguelin Santos who won a Silver medal in the 400 meter dash and the Puerto Rican Javier Culson who won a Bronze Medal in the 400 meters hurdles. I also congratulate the Puerto Rican John Orozco for his great participation in these Olympics.”
In bold text, he rather exclamatorily added, “CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR HISPANIC PARTICIPANTS IN THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS!”
Councilman Jumaane Williams, who’s of Grenadian descent, issued his own statement last night praising Grenada’s first-ever Olympic medal, earned by nineteen year-old sprinter Kirani James.
“In just 43.94 seconds, Kirani James changed Grenada and its people forever,” Mr. Williams said. “Not only has he distinguished himself on the track, but the humanity he displayed off it gave us all reason to cheer. We began to dream of what was possible with his historic performance last year in South Korea, and today our shared dream is his reality. Olympic gold will inspire a generation of Grenadians and Grenadian-Americans to seize onto their potential and achieve their own personal victories.”
Cheering on Olympic victories isn’t simply a Democratic endeavor, either. The New York State Republican party, noting Western New Yorker Jenn Suhr’s gold medal in pole-vaulting, declared, “Another New Yorker brings home the gold for Team USA! Congratulations Jenn Suhr!”
Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed in on Ms. Suhr’s win as well, tweeting, “Congrats to Fredonia, NY native @JennSuhr on winning the gold medal on the pole vault! #TeamUSA #NYOlympians”