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For people who believe that they can't do it, I hope I'm an inspiration to others to get out there and try swimming. You might be pretty good at it. -Simone
The title 'black swimmer' makes it seem like I am not supposed to be able to win a gold medal, I am not supposed to be able to break the Olympic record, and that is not true, as I work as hard as anybody else, and I love the sport, and I want to win, just like everybody else. -Simone
Simone grew up in a family of athletes she competed in other sports during her childhood, and at age 10 she considered quitting swimming in favor of dance classes. Sharron convinced her to continue with both activities. She made her international debut at 2011 FINA World Junior Championships, earning a fourth-place finish in the 100m free. Soon Simone started competing in many competitions
Simone Manuel, a 20-year-old swimmer from Sugar Land, Tex. won an individual event in Olympic swimming. She has also won a lot of silver and gold medals.
Simone Manuel was the first African-American woman to win a medal in an individual swimming event.
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