U.S. wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock has destroyed the media narrative that Black Americans hate their country. After winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics in the 68kg final over Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria Mensah-Stock was asked, “How does it feel to represent your country like this?”
“I love representing the U.S. I freaking love living there,” she replied smiling, wrapping the American flag around her shoulders.
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The outspoken Christian was not shy in thanking God before reporters. “It’s by the grace of God I’m even able to move my feet. I just leave it in His hands and I pray that all the practice … my coaches put me through pays off and, every single time, it does.”
Mensah-Stock began wrestling in the 10th grade in Katy, Texas after being prodded by her sister. She states that she didn’t have role models to look up to early in her career, but she always had her sister to fall back on.
“When I first started wrestling, I wanted to be an emblem, a light to younger women and show them that you can be silly, you can have fun and you can be strong,” Mensah-Stock told USA Today. “You can be tough, you can be a wrestler and you don’t have to be like this,” – growl – “I’m gonna be mean to you.”
Mensah-Stock, an unknown to the average American before Tuesday’s interview, is easily the most likable athlete to come out of the Games. Her smile, love of country, and positive nature have captured the attention of citizens who’ve been beaten over the head by social justice warriors who’ve sucked the fun out of the Games.
Asked what she plans to do with the money that comes with winning a gold medal, Mensah-Stock knew exactly what she would do with the cash.
“I wanted to give my mom $30,000 so she can get a food truck, ‘cause it’s her dream,” she said. “And I told her five years ago, ‘Alright mommy, I’ll get you your food truck, but you gotta be responsible.
“So my mom’s gettin’ her food truck! She’s gonna have her little cooking business. She can cook really, really, really well. Barbecue!”
And there you have it, the best story from Tokyo. Now we’ll see if the athletes who hate this country agree.