Tamyra Mensah-Stock made history this week as the first Black woman to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal for the United States in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Associated Press reported.
The 28-year-old wrestler hopes that her Olympic victory will inspire young Black girls to go after their dreams.
“These young women are going to see themselves in a number of ways and they’re going to look up there and go, I can do that,” Mensah-Stock said. “I can see myself.”
The Texas native won gold after competing in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle final on Tuesday, NPR reported. Mensah-Stock is only the second woman and the first Black woman representing the U.S. who has been able to dominate in the Olympic event.