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[Women’s History] Olympic Champ Simone Manuel Reflects on Her Historic Win

“The person that I am is probably the proudest thing that I cherish…”

Everyone has a purpose, but very few will be able to say they made history. But at age 19, Stanford University swimmer Simone Manuel checked “making history” off her to-do list.

The communications major became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming when competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Arguably, she is poised for continued greatness. sat down with the four-time Olympian for a quick conversation on her legacy and why she will always remain “Simone.”



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