Tamyra Mensah-Stock celebrates after winning gold at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 3, 2021 in Chiba, Japan.
After Tamyra Mensah-Stock became the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling, she announced that she would buy her mom a food truck.
The money for the food truck came from the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Operation Gold program, where gold-medal-winning athletes receive a $37,500 payout. USA Wrestling announced that Mensah-Stock will also receive $250,000 from its Living The Dream Medal Fund.
She is one of nine U.S. wrestlers who won a medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and one of three gold medalists. All nine wrestlers will receive a bonus from the Living The Dream Medal Fund. Gold medalists receive $250,000 from the fund, silver medalists $50,000, and bronze medalists $25,000.
Mensah-Stock endeared herself to Olympic fans after she beat Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududun, 4-1, in women’s freestyle wrestling’s 68-kg finals at the Tokyo Games. She made a heart sign with her hands, then cried “tears of joy.”
“I’m feeling very happy,” she said in a post-match interview. “And I keep trying not to cry, but it keeps happening.”
Boisterous and emotive, Mensah-Stock also endeared herself to fans by sharing her love of karaoke. She and her husband, Jacob Stock — whom she met in her high school on the wrestling team — love to sing along to their favorite bands.
After she won the Olympic gold medal — the second U.S. woman to do so after Helen Maroulis at the 2016 Rio Games — Mensah-Stock just wanted to sing along to Carrie Underwood’s Champion, featuring the rapper Ludacris. It begins:
I’ll be the last one standing
Two hands in the air
I’m a champion
Then Ludacris raps:
The ‘C’ is for the courage I possess through the drama
H is for the hurt but it’s all for the honor
A is for my attitude working through the patience
Money comes and goes, so the M is for motivation
Gotta stay consistent, the P is to persevere
I is for integrity, innovative career
The O is optimistic, open and never shut
And the N is necessary because I’m never giving up.
It’s a song that could have been written for Mensah-Stock, particularly the chorus (I am invincible, unbreakable, unstoppable, unshakeable, they knock me down, I get up again, I am the champion).
But Mensah-Stock likes karaoke for more than the motivational lyrics. For her, karaoke is fun, and it’s why she brought a karaoke machine to Tokyo.