On Tuesday, August 3, U.S. wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock won the 68 kg freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and demonstrated her patriotism and faith during an interview following her victory, Breitbart News reported.
Mensah-Stock became the second woman and the first black woman to win gold for the U.S. wrestling team.
After her triumph, she was interviewed by the NBC news envoy, and her words surprised more than one, as they expected to find an unpatriotic speech coming from a black athlete. Mensah-Stock spoke of her team, her family, her flag, her country, and God.
“It’s by the grace of God that I’m able to even move my feet,” the victor told the NBC reporter, then added, “I just leave it in his hands, and I pray that all the practice, all the hell my freaking coaches put me through, pays off, and every single time it does. And 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.”
When asked by the reporter about her feeling about having the American flag on her shoulders, her response was different from other black American athletes who say they don’t represent the United States. She was blunt.
“It feels amazing,” the fighter expressed, adding, “I love representing the United States.”
She went further, “I freaking love living there, I love it, and I’m so happy I get to represent U-S-A,”
Then came the emotional moment when she couldn’t hold back tears as she referred to how proud her father would have been of her accomplishment. It should be noted that Mensah-Stock lost her father while in high school.
There is a unique situation at these Olympics. We see unpatriotic behavior from many American athletes, but most of the medals come from athletes who love their country and are deeply happy to represent it.
While most athletes are patriotic, the mainstream media is more concerned with giving space to those who question America in an advanced woke in American society.
There is the case of shot putter Raven Saunders, who won the silver medal this Saturday and crossed her arms in the shape of an “X” over her head during the award ceremony.
As reported by CNN, she herself explained to CNN that her gesture signifies “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.”
Saunders, 25, is an LGBT activist and says she wants to be a role–model for other like-minded people.
This gesture by the athlete brought much controversy, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had banned any protest on podiums during the staging of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
As a result of Saunders’ protest, the IOC initiated an investigation to sanction the American athlete, but the recent death of her mother caused the investigation to be suspended.