Humbled, honored: Simone Manuel talks to KPRC

Sugar Land native brings home 4 Olympic medals


HOUSTON – Sugar Land native and gold-medal swimmer Simone Manuel said she couldn't ask for a better first Olympics.

Manuel talked about her time in Rio de Janiero during an interview with KPRC on Monday morning.

Last week, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event. She also won gold in a medley relay, silver in the 50-meter freestyle and silver in another medley relay.

"I'm so honored to represent my country at this level, and bring home gold and silver to Houston, Texas," Manuel said.

Manuel said that she is humbled by the fact that she is being called an inspiration. She's glad that she can bring awareness and diversity to the sport.

VIDEO: Watch KPRC's full interview with Simone Manuel

"I'm out there because I love it," Manuel said. "I'm glad that me going out there and having fun is inspiring others."

Manuel said that her family was with her for the eight days that she competed, but they flew home Sunday. She said their support was invaluable.

"I had a job to do, and I'm glad that it's over with, and I'll get to spend some time with my family," Manuel said.

While she misses home, Manuel said she's glad that she was able to excel at her first Olympics.

"I left with some goals that I was really trying reach, and I'm glad that I achieved them,"  Manuel said.

Sugar Land officials announced last week they are planning a welcome celebration for Manuel. Details about the event are expected to be released soon.

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