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Olympian Simone Manuel became an international sensation overnight after the 20-year-old American swimmer took a bold stand for God just after winning a gold medal.
Manuel made history Thursday by becoming the first African-American woman to win a medal in an individual swimming event. She tied Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak in the 100-meter freestyle, giving both of them the gold medal.
According to The Gospel Herald, within moments of leaving the pool, Manuel was clear as to who deserved all of the credit for the victory.
“All I can say is all glory to God,” an emotional Manuel said.
“This medal is not just for me, it’s for a whole bunch of people who have came before me, and been an inspiration to me and it’s for all the people after me who believe they can’t do it,” she added. “I want to be an inspiration to them that they can do it.”
“It’s definitely been a long journey for the past four years. I’m just so blessed,” the Olympian concluded.
Manuel, who swims on the Stanford University swim team and set an Olympic record with her performance last night, isn’t the only American athlete to take a bold stand for God and religion during the first week of the Olympic games.
David Boudia and Steele Johnson, silver medal winners in the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform, both took epic stands for their faith during their post-event interviews, too.
“(W)e both know that our identity is in Christ, and we’re thankful for this opportunity to be able to dive in front of Brazil and in front of the United States,” Boudia said. “It’s been an absolutely thrilling moment for us.”
“If something went great, I was happy. If something didn’t go great, I could still find joy because I’m at the Olympics competing with the best person, the best mentor — just one of the best people to be around,” Johnson added. “God’s given us a cool opportunity, and I’m glad I could come away with an Olympic silver medal in my first-ever event.”
Given that the Olympics are on NBC — your one-stop shopping for all things secular and leftist — hearing athletes take a bold stand for their faith like this must give the network heads conniptions.
We couldn’t be happier.
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