U.S. Olympic medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock said she would use her $37,500 prize money awarded for winning the wrestling gold medal to buy her mother a food truck, PEOPLE magazine reported.
The wrestler lost her father when she was in high school, and since that time, her mother had to struggle to provide for her family, and she witnessed this hard work.
That is why at 28 years old, she wants to help her mother fulfill her dream and ease the burden she has.
“She’s always doing back-breaking work and … I’ve just seen her struggling ever since my dad died and I don’t like seeing it.” Tamyra told PEOPLE
The medalist asked her mother five years ago, “So how about I buy you a food truck and you can be anywhere you want to be?” her mother reportedly was ecstatic and told her she would love it.
Today, after five years, the champion wrestler is very close to being able to fulfill the wish of her mother, who is a lover of cooking.
Mensah-Stock still has the childhood memory of watching her mother use a portable grill to prepare and sell food, and she is eager to make her mother happy. She has even thought of the food truck’s name; it will be called “The Lady Bug.”
It should be noted that Mensah-Stock became the first black woman to win a gold medal in wrestling representing the United States after defeating Blessing Oborududu of the Nigerian team 4-1. During the award ceremony, she was seen very happily hugging the American flag.
After winning the medal, in an interview with NBC, she surprised many by talking about God and the honor of representing the United States, as they expected to find an unpatriotic speech coming out of her mouth.
First, she spoke about 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,”
She began crying when referring to the death of her father.
According to Daily Wire, the medalist began wrestling in high school to defend herself against bullying peers. In her freshman year, she made it to the state finals, and in her junior and senior years, she won state titles.
After high school, she entered Wayland Baptist University in Phoenix, Texas, winning two national titles.
And after this journey, she was crowned at the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and will make her mother’s dream come true.