Everyone knows the name Simone Manuel, one of the greatest sprint freestyle swimmers to date. Manuel won two gold and two silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She became the first black woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming and set an Olympic record.
Read on to learn other amazing facts about Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel:
1. Born Simone Manuel in Sugar Land, Texas, on August 2, 1996. She has two older brothers.
2. Began swimming at the age of four when she asked for swimming lessons.
3. Swam at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, placing 20th in the 50-meter freestyle and 17th in the 100-meter freestyle events
4. Competed at the 2013 US National Championships, where she finished third in the 100-meter freestyle and second in the 50-meter freestyle events.
5. Graduated from Fort Bend Austin High School in 2014 and started attending Stanford University the same year.
6. Holds three world records as a member of a relay team.
7. Two-time individual National Collegiate Athletic Association champion.
8. One of the first three African American women to place in the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle event in any Division I NCAA Swimming Championship
9. Swam in the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, placing second in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and seventh in the 200-meter freestyle. Her position in the 50- and 100-meter events qualified her to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.