While many expected the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games to be packed with controversy, many of the American athletes quietly worked their way to gold and then praised their God — and expressed their love for their country — in a very bold way.
When it comes to patriotism, none more so than Tamyra Mensah-Stock, whose emphatic expression of her gratitude to represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games went quickly viral after her impressive and history-making gold medal win on the mat.
Mensah-Stock, who beat out Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu in the women’s 68-kg freestyle final, became only the second woman to win wrestling gold for the United States and the first black woman to do so.
In a post-match interview, draped in the American flag, Mensah-Stock was asked how it felt to represent her country, to which she exuberantly replied, “I love representing the U.S. I love living here. I love it. And I’m so happy I get to represent USA!”
She also gave glory to God for her success, saying, “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 [and what] my coaches put me through pays off and, every single time, it does.”
True joy. True champion. True patriot. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/T4FQPVGsOj
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 3, 2021
Mensah-Stock, whose father, a Ghanaian immigrant, died tragically in a car accident when he was on the way home from one of her high school wrestling matches, had planned for years to give her prize money to her widowed mother to help her realize her dream of operating a food truck.
“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,” she told People Magazine earlier this month.
The 28-year-old wrestler has said that her father would have been the “loudest” person in the auditorium had he been there to see his daughter win gold.
“I made a promise to her and she loves cooking,” she said of her mother Shonda Wells’ business aspirations. Wells, who has sold food from a portable grill in the past which Mensah-Stock admitted was not the most “legal method,” plans to name her food truck “The Lady Bug.”
“It’s just one of her passions. Growing up, we’d be like, ‘Ooh, mommy, you put your back into this food. Like you literally put your foot in it,’ ” the proud athlete told People.
Well, a very charitable food truck company caught wind of the wrestler and her mother’s humble aspirations, and stepped up to donate exactly what mother Wells needs to get her business off the ground.
USA Today reported that Cameron Davies, the owner of food truck manufacturer Cruising Kitchens, heard of the patriotic athlete’s plans to buy a $30,000 truck for her mother.
Davies heard Mensah-Stock’s story and says that he began looking into her and “fell in love with the person she [is],” according to the outlet.
This isn’t hard to believe—Mensah-Stock’s bubbly, cheerful personality and enthusiasm for her sport are infectious.
The kind-hearted business owner is donating a $250,000 truck with “all the bells and whistles” so Wells can live her dream of operating her business.
“It’s time for you to take care of her, because she’s been taking care of you,” Davies told her.
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