Let’s talk about black girl magic! Simone Manuel 20-year-old sprinter, became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event. Millions witnessed the Texas native make history Thursday night at the Olympics in RIO DE JANERIO. Manuel looked up to the scoreboard and saw she tied for gold, after she gracefully showed the world that black girls rock as swimmers.
An American has not won gold in the woman’s event since 1984, when Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer was also tied. “My first gold medal, at my first Olympics, is a surprise to me, Manuel said. I never thought I would be in this position, but I’m so blessed and honored to be on the medal stand. All my hard work has paid off and I am really happy about it.”
“I’m super glad with the fact I can be an inspiration to others and hopefully diversify the sport. But at the same time, I would like there to be a day where there are more of us, and it’s not ‘Simone the black swimmer.’ The title ‘black swimmer‘ makes it seem like I’m not supposed to be able to win a gold medal, or I’m not supposed to be able to break records. And that’s not true.”
Rio is the first Olympics where the U.S. swim team has two black women Manuel and her close friend Lia Neal, who won a silver medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay. Manuel said, “This medal is not just for me. It is for some of the African-Americans who have come before me, she added, referencing former Olympians Maritza Correia and Cullen Jones. This medal is for the people who come behind me and get into the sport and hopefully find love and drive to get to this point.” PYNK celebrates Simone Manuel and all the winners of #TeamUSA.
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