Holy moly! Simone Manuel made history by becoming the first African-American swimmer to win gold in an individual competition on Aug. 11. The craziest part is that no one was expecting her to even get a medal! We have all the inspiring details, right here!
What an amazing story! Simone Manuel and Canadian Penny Oleksiak were in no way expected to take the podium after the 100m freestyle on Aug. 11, but the two girls came up from behind to shock the crowd and end in a rare tie for gold! The win was totally historic, as Simone became the first American to win that event since 1984, but more importantly she’s the first African American woman to win an individual competition for the United States, EVER! Simply stunning. On top of that, the girls’ time beat the old Olympic record! No Cable TV? Relax! Click Here to learn How To Watch The Olympics Online
“[This gold] is not just for me it’s for a whole bunch of people who have come before me and have been inspiration to me,” gushed Simone right after the big race. “It’s for [former relay gold medalist] Cullen [Jones] and for all the people after me who believe they can’t do it. I just want to be an inspiration to others to show that you can do it.” You most certainly are, girl!
The girls were not favorites to take the event. Cate and Bronte Campbell from Australia were definitely expected to take gold and silver, with the high-powered veteran Sarah Sjostrom coming in with bronze. However that didn’t happen, and it left the world stunned.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Simone coming back to snatch the gold medal? Share your thoughts on the amazing race with us!