Simone Manuel’s Olympic win inspires western Massachusetts

Her achievements and accomplishments are inspiring kids across the country

Simone Manuel
Simone Manuel, swimming

Springfield, Mass. (WWLP) – United States swimmer Simone Manuel and Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak tied for a gold medal in the women’s 100 meter freestyle. Manuel is the first African American woman to ever win a gold medal in swimming.

“I can’t believe the first African American woman to win the Olympics it’s so cool I love swimming, that’s my favorite sport,” said Jesseni Reid of Springfield.

This Olympic win has caused many parents to bring their kids to local community pools to try and inspire their children to achieve the same levels of greatness that we’re seeing during the Olympics.


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Patricia Vidal told 22News she hopes role models like Simone Manuel will inspire her children to start swimming. “I want her to try swimming because she loves swimming, and she loves to go to the beach.”

Manuel also won a silver medal in the women’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay. Her achievements and accomplishments are inspiring kids across the country.

“I love the Olympics, everybody’s winning gold medals out there and it’s just awesome,” Coren Boyd of Springfield said.

Manuel currently attends Stanford, and is a two time individual NCAA champion.

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