Simone is from Houston, Texas and is a student at Stanford. Simone Manuel made history in the 100-meter freestyle by becoming the first African-American woman to win the Olympic gold medal in swimming.
She cried when she realized her historic achievement. This is what Manuel had to say about the win. “I hope that I can be an inspiration to others, so 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,” she stated.
The sport has very few African-Americans involved. Simone took the time to address issues with the racial divide in the world and diversity in the swimming sport.
“I think that this win helps bring hope and change to some of the issues that are going on in the world, but I mean, I went out there and swam as fast as I could, and my color just comes with the territory. I’m super glad that 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 like ‘Simone, the black swimmer,’ because the title ‘black swimmer’ makes it seem like I’m not supposed to be able to win a gold medal.”