Colorado Olympian Makes the State Proud With Gold Medal

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Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics paved its way after a year of delay due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Players all around the globe introduced their names with pride and talent. One of the participating countries is the United States of America (USA), wherein a Colorado Olympian represents the country in a freestyle wrestling event.

On the 3rd day of August year 2021, Tamyra Mariama Mensah- Stock won against Nigerian player Blessing Oborududu by 4-1 and claimed a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the women's freestyle division. She is now ranked the current world number one female wrestler and the reigning Olympic and World champion in freestyle wrestling.

Tamyra Mariama Mensah- Stock grew and raised in the Houston suburbs after being born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was born in Ghana, while her mother was born in Illinois. In 2016, Mensah-Stock tied the knot with Jacob Stock. He wrestled with Mensah-Stock at Morton Ranch High School and Wayland Baptist University.

Tamyra was the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in Wrestling at the Olympics and undoubtedly the first American daughter of a Ghanaian immigrant, her late father. She also won a gold medal during the 2019 World Wrestling Championship, which qualified her to represent the United States in the recent Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. She also won another gold medal at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series 2021 after defeating Mimi Hristova of Bulgaria. Mensah- Stock also claimed a bronze medal in the 2018 World Wrestling Championship.

Tamyra Mensah-Stock was ecstatic and proud to have won the gold medal in Wrestling as a Black African woman. She believed that her Olympic gold medal would encourage Black girls in the United States to embrace Wrestling as a sport. And she's looking forward to all the young athletes continuing their dreams no matter what ethnicity, race, beliefs, and background they have.

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