What’s good y’all! Five years ago we saw the first African American woman win a gold metal in swimming at the Olympics. Her name: Simone Manuel. Manuel was a swimmer at Stanford University and she set records during her time there. In 2016, She attended the Olympic games in Rio and won four metals; two gold and two silver. The events she competed in were the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, 4 x 100 meter freestyle and the 4 x 100 meter medley relay. She won a silver metal in the 50 meter freestyle and with the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay. She won a gold metal in the 100 meter freestyle and with the 4 x 100 meter medley relay team. Manuels winning of the gold metal in the 100 meter freestyle made her the first African American woman to win a gold metal in an individual swimming event.

This was an incredible moment to witness. To watch her make history. It was inspirational. To see a black women swimming at the highest level of competition but then to watch her win, speechless. Given all the stereotypes about black people swimming this was an extra informative moment to let the world know that black people do swim. That black have been swimming and black people will always swim and can be good at it too. Here is a quote from Simone that sums it up.

“The title ‘black swimmer’ makes it seem like I am not supposed to be able to win a gold medal, I am not supposed to be able to break the Olympic record, and that is not true, as I work as hard as anybody else, and I love the sport, and I want to win, just like everybody else.”- Simone Manuel

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