10 Things You Need To Know About Simone Manuel
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1. The gold medal-winner often wanted to quit swimming because she “always had an issue with not seeing people that looked like me in the sport.”
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2. With returning Olympian and fellow Stanford teammate Lia Neal, Rio was the first time two Black women qualified for the U.S. Olympic swim team.
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3. She started swimming at four-years-old.
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4. Simone’s favorite pastime is cooking.
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5. The 20-year-old will be a sophomore this fall at Stanford University and is looking to major in communications.
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6. As a nod to her effortless abilities once she hits water, her friends named her “Swimone.”
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7. Simone took swimming seriously after watching Michael Phelps win his eighth gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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8. Simone has two older brothers, who she calls her best friends. Both were into swimming before her.
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9. Simone first tried out for the Olympic team in 2012, but didn’t make the cut until 2016. Timing is key!
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