Team USA Gold Medalist Uses Winnings to Purchase Mom a Food Truck

by Suzanne Halliburton

Tamyra Mensah-Stock starred for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics. Now, the champion wrestler is helping to make her mother’s dreams come true.

So call it a golden medal move for both mother and daughter. Mensah-Stock plans to buy her mother a food truck. If you’re in Houston and see a food truck called The Lady Bug, stop on by. It’ll have the best barbecue.

“She’s always doing back-breaking work,” Mensah-Stock told People. “And … I’ve just seen her struggling ever since my dad died and I don’t like seeing it.”

Team USA Members Receive Hefty Bonus for Gold Medal Wins

The United States Olympic Committee awards Team USA gold-medal winners $37,500. The medal bonus also is tax-free, unless the athlete earns more than $1 million a year.

Why did this Team USA star pick a food truck for her mom? Her mother loves to cook. Plus, she already had a side food business set up. She said her mother would use her grill to cook, then sell the food.

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

Mensah-Stock’s dad died when she was in high school. He was returning from one of her wrestling matches and Mensah-Stock was so devastated, she nearly quit the sport. After high school, she said she promised her mother she’d buy her a food truck five years ago when or if she ever won a gold medal. That moment came last week.

And Mensah-Stock might’ve been the most delighted gold-medal winner on Team USA. She beat Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu in the gold medal match. Mensah-Stock draped herself in the U.S. flag as she smiled and sobbed.

All in the Family: Texan’s Husband Also is a Wrestler

Mensah-Stock grew up in Katy, Texas. It’s a suburb of Houston. She and her twin sister were both athletes in high school. So was her future husband, Jacob Stock. Like Mensah-Stock, he grew up in Katy. Both attended Wayland Baptist for college.

To celebrate this special member of Team USA, a Houston-area water park is lighting up “Typhoon Texas” in red, white and blue.

Team USA won 39 gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics to top all countries. The women on Team USA won about 60 percent of the American golden hardware. Mensah-Stock became only the second American woman to win a gold in wrestling. She also was the first Black woman to do so.

Mensah-Stock also was one of the more fascinating athletes on Team USA. She packed a karaoke machine to take to Tokyo. And to calm her nerves before the gold medal match, she watched episodes of the Walking Dead.

And before the Olympics even started, Mensah-Stock proclaimed that she found such joy in her sport.

“I definitely find pleasure in getting beat up,” she said. “And beating up people.”

Now, one of the brightest Team USA star is sharing that joy with her biggest supporter.