Simone Manuel made history at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 when she became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming, cruising to an American record in the 100-meter freestyle event. Manuel was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston, and found the sport through her older brothers, who participated in summer league swimming. In 2014, Manuel enrolled at Stanford University as she prepared for Rio, and in her Olympic debut, she earned two gold and two silver medals. Manuel had a blockbuster 2017, earning five gold medals and one bronze at the FINA World Aquatics Championships and helping the Stanford Cardinal to an NCAA swimming and diving national title, a feat the team repeated a year later. Her impressive resume includes winning the 2018 Honda Cup, an award given to the nation's top women's collegiate athlete, and 15 world championship medals, including 10 gold. She turned professional upon her graduation in 2018 and shortly after, she inked a deal with TYR that contains a provision to require a certain level of diversity, inclusion, and opportunities for under-represented groups. She is currently training for Tokyo, which would be her second Olympic Games.
Manuel will be featured in Race, Sport & Social Change: Learning with Team USA on Oct 1. Click here to register.
Dr. Judith Brown Clarke
Dr. Clarke will be featured in Race, Sport & Social Change: Learning with Team USA on Oct 1. Click here to register.
Dr. Kensa Gunter
Click here to view Dr. Gunter's appearance in Return to Sport: Learning with Team USA. She will also be featured in Race, Sport & Social Change: Learning with Team USA on Oct 1. Click here to register.
Click here to view Lloyd's appearance in Return to Sport: Learning with Team USA.
Ahmed Fareed currently serves as a host and reporter on a variety of sport events and properties across NBC and NBCSN. He served as a studio host for NBCUniversal’s presentations of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. A two-time Emmy Award winner, he was an anchor and reporter for the Giants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame Live, SportsNet Central and various studio shows. Fareed joined NBC Sports Bay Area in January 2013 as co-anchor of the network’s signature show SportsNet Central, alongside Dave Feldman. Previously, he served as a host and reporter at MLB Network (2011-2012), appearing in studio programming, including MLB Tonight, Hot Stove, Quick Pitch and 30 Clubs in 30 Days. Fareed, a native of Sparta, Michigan, is a 2002 graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he majored in broadcast journalism.