2020 Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock Speaks Out About Why She ‘Wouldn’t Want to Live Anywhere’ Other Than U.S.

by Josh Lanier

American wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock said she wanted to spread some positivity during her gold medal-winning speech where she said proclaimed her love for the United States.

Mensah-Stock laughed and fought back tears as the gravity of winning a gold medal at the Olympics sank in just after she beat Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu.

“I love representing the U.S. I freaking love living there,” she said after winning her medal. “And I’m so happy I get to represent the U.S.A.! I love it.”

A little more than a week later, Tamyra Mensah-Stock told Fox News that she “went into a trance” at that moment and let God speak through her.

“That specific moment when he asked me that I felt like, I went into a trance and God just spoke through me, and I was like, ‘All right, look directly at the camera and just go,’’ she said. “I know there’s a lot of negativity going on, and I just want to enlighten people of my feelings to spread positivity, and it happened.”

A lot was made about heading into the Tokyo Games about potential protests from American athletes. Aside from a few instances, such as the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team kneeling during the national anthem. And shotputter Raven Saunders holding her arms in an “X” on the medal stand, there weren’t as many protests as many had anticipated.

Mensah-Stock told Fox News that she never considered protesting.

“I was born here,” Mensah-Stock said. “My dad is an immigrant from Ghana where he met my mom. I grew up in Texas. It’s the only place I know, and I have traveled all over the world and I definitely wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I prefer [it] here. Japan was beautiful, here is better.”

Tamyra Mensah-Stock to Give Her Mom Food Truck

Shortly after winning the gold medal, Tamyra Mensah-Stock said she planned to use $30,000 of her winnings to buy her mom a food truck.

One Houston-based manufacturer of mobile kitchens recently pledged to donate a $250,000, custom-built food truck to the Olympics hero. Cruising Kitchens owner Cameron Davies told ABC 13 that Mensah-Stock inspired him. So he wanted to help out.

“I did my research on her and fell in love with the person she was,” Davies said.

Tamyra Mensah-Stock said her mom sacrificed so much to help her reach her Olympics dreams that she wanted to give back.

“I made a promise to her, and she loves cooking. It’s just one of her passions. Growing up, we’d be like, ‘Ooh, mommy; you put your back into this food,” Mensah-Stock recalled.

On a Zoom call with Davies, Mensah-Stock and her mom both wept as he told them about his plan to build the food truck and deliver it to them.

“I’ve been wanting this for her for so long,” Mensah-Stock, sobbing. “I pretty much forgot about my dreams — just wanted hers to come true.”