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Draped In An American Flag, Olympic Wrestling Gold Medallist Tamyra Mensah-stock Praises God And Country In Her Victory



Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medallist Tamyra Mensah-Stock comes from a diverse background which was a result of having a mother from Illinois and a father who was born and raised in the beautiful African nation of Ghana. Recently, she represented the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and came out victorious.

After bagging gold in the women’s 68 kg freestyle wrestling final against Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu, Mensah-Stock’s love for God and country was on full display. Draped with the stars and stripes, she expressed her gratitude to the Lord and to the nation that nurtured her abilities.

“It’s by the grace of God that I’m able to even move my feet. 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,” Mensah-Stock told reporters after winning gold.

“I love representing the U.S. I freaking love living there, I love it, and I’m so happy I get to represent U-S-A,” she proudly stated.

Mensah-Stock missed on the 2016 Rio Olympic team but she persevered and now she holds the distinction of being the first Black woman to win Olympic wrestling gold, not only in America, but the rest of the world. 

“When I first started wrestling, I wanted to be an emblem, a light to younger women and show them that you can be silly, you can have fun and you can be strong,” she said.

“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,” she added.

It is quite touching to witness a very talented young woman achieve her dreams at the biggest stage in the world. But the most impressive thing is how Mensah-Stock paid tribute to God, the flag and America, during her moments of triumphant celebration. While other athletes are trashing the country that gave them the opportunity, this amazing champion instead chose to put her patriotism on full display. With this kind of humility and perseverance, Mensah-Stock is indeed a great role model for our youth today.

“I’m trying to send love to everyone. I’m like, love! All in one symbol. I’m just trying to throw out love as best I can,” she said.

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