“All I can say is all glory to God”
“Simones” are winning this Olympic season in Rio. Starting with Simone Manuel. The 20-year old made history Thursday night by becoming the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual event in Olympic swimming.
Her response to the news was nothing less than gracious and extremely humble.
She also made it a point to state that her winning was a part of a bigger picture by addressing tense relationship between people of color and law enforcement and the overall racism in the swimming sport itself. She hopes that her victory will be a ripple to change those issues.
“This medal is not just for me, its for a whole bunch of people who have came before me and have been a inspiration for me,” Manuel told says. ” It’s for all the people after me who believe they can’t do it and I just want to be an inspiration to others that you can do it.”
Manuel not only made history, she set an ultimate Olympic record by tying with 16 year-old Penny Oleksiak of Canada for the fastest time in the women’s 100-meter freestyle: 52.70 seconds.
Earlier that night, Simone Biles adds to her #blackgirlmagic resume by winning gold for the U.S. in the women’s all-around gymnastics. She scored the highest score of the night on bar routine: 15.933. Her teammate, Aly Raisman, who is a beast in her own right and good friend of Biles, won silver.
The 19 year-old has already dominated by becoming the first woman to win back-to-back world and Olympic all around titles in 20 years. She was the only U.S gymnast competing in all four events for the “Final Five”. Seh even gas a signature move called “The Biles”. And no its not a dance or act you should try at home. The move is actually a floor routine (‘double A-half out’ for my gymnasts) , where she flips twice in a straight body and end it with a half-twist in a forward landing. Can you picture it? If not, just trust us when we say its cool and almost inhuman. But hey, we’re talking about Ms. Simone Biles.
In an interview with ABC earlier this week, Biles shares her secret to her success and its simple and something we can all follow: enjoy the ride and never give up.
“If you ever make a mistake, you try to just kind of forget about it because if you carry that with you for the rest of the routine then the rest of your routine might not go as planned,” she tells ABC. “You can still be very good at what you do and have fun , you don’t have to be serious all the time to do a good job.
Keep track of history of these two young Royal Woman on social media:
Instagram: @simonebiles and @swimone13
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