Simone Manuel Makes History In Rio
On Thursday, 20-year-old Simone Manuel made history as the first African American woman to win Olympic gold in an individual swimming event.
Not only did Simone make history, she and Penny Oleksiak of Canada tied for the fastest time, an Olympic record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle: 52.70 seconds.
Overwhelmed with emotion, Simone cried like a baby after her amazing feat! (We cried too!)
Simone Manuel spoke on the impact of accomplishment saying, “I definitely think it raises some awareness and will get them inspired. I mean, the gold medal wasn’t just for me. It was for people that came before me and inspired me to stay in the sport. For people who believe that they can’t do it, I hope I’m an inspiration to others to get out there and try swimming. You might be pretty good at it.”
She also took to Twitter to express her gratitude for the love and support.
Simone proudly proclaimed, “God is working in me!”
It is an honor to represent the USA! God is working in me! I am so blessed and grateful. Thank you all so much for your support.
— Simone Manuel (@swimone) August 12, 2016
Congratulations Simone! #BlackGirlMagic