Gold Medal Winner: 'I Love Representing the USA'

Craig Bannister | August 4, 2021 | 10:48am EDT
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Gold Medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock
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American wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock praised God and Country on Tuesday after winning the gold medal in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle division at the Tokyo Olympics.

In emotional remarks during an interview, Mensah-Stock said she loves living in the U.S. and is grateful for the opportunity to represent it at the Olympics:

"I love representing the USA. I love living there. I love it, and I'm so happy I get to represent U-S-A!"

“Of course, I surprised myself. It’s by the grace of God I’m able to even move my feet. I just leave it in His hands, and I pray that all the practice, the hell that my freaking coaches put me through, pays off. And, every single time, it does.

“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.”

The Washington Examiner reports that Mensah-Stock is “the first black woman and the second woman to win a wrestling gold in U.S. history.”

Mensah-Stock says she plans to use $30,000 of the money she won to buy her mother a food truck. “It’s her dream,” the Gold Medal winner explained.

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