Must See: Patriotic Olympic Athlete Speaks Out

Tamyra Mensah-Stock, a U.S. wrestler, won gold for Team U.S.A., the second woman in history- and first black woman to win gold in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle final.

As many U.S. Olympians embrace protesting against the U.S., Mensah-Stock was the polar opposite; in a post-match interview, she was raving about her family, team, country, flag, and God.

“It’s by the grace of God that I’m able to even move my feet,” an enthused Mensah-Stock said to a network reporter after she took the gold Tuesday. “I just leave it in his hands, and I pray that all the practice, all the hell my freaking coaches put me through, pays off, and every single time it does. And I get better and better. And it’s so weird that there is no cap to the limit that I can do. And I’m excited to see what I have next.”

The network reporter asked the emotional olympian about the flag dropped around her shoulders. He wondered how it felt to represent the U.S.A. in the Tokyo Olympics.

Perhaps the reporter was hoping for Mensah-Stock to attack the U.S. as so many other privileged athletes; if that was the case, he was disappointed. Mensah-Stock was indeed thrilled to be a proud American.

“It feels amazing,” Mensah-Stock said of competing for her country. “I love representing the U.S.,” she continued as she brought her hands up in the shape of a heart. “I freaking love living there, I love it, and I’m so happy I get to represent U-S-A,” she said.

When the reporter noted her father’s death while in high school, she broke down crying, Mensah-Stock felt her father would have been the proudest man in the world over her achievements.

Mensah-Stock noted in her post-match interview she is thrilled to serve as a role model for other young black women.

“These young women are going to see themselves in a number of ways, and they’re gonna look up there and go. I can do that ’cause I can see myself,” Mensah-Stock said last week. “Look at this natural hair! Come on. I mean, sure, I brought my puff balls out so they can know you can do it, too.”

Wait, there’s more; the winning American woman Sydney McLaughlin beat her world record to win the gold in women’s 400m hurdles, just edging out fellow American Dalilah Muhammad, who came away with silver.

McClaughlin’s incredible pace was evident from the start. Her record-setting time was clocked at 51.46 seconds.

“McLaughlin set the previous world record of 51.90 seconds in June. Muhammad, who set the world record twice in 2019 and won the world championship gold medal that year, finished in 51.58, the Associated Press reports.

McLaughlin’s gold medal comes five years after her debut as a 16-year-old at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

McLaughlin and Muhammed duplicated the pride of U.S. wrestler Tamrya Mensah-Stock praising America and God.

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