Unless you actively watch wrestling, you likely had no idea who Tamyra Mensah-Stock was before she went viral.
Mensah-Stock became the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. So as an American Olympian, she will receive $37,500 in prize money for taking first place. She already has plans for the money as she revealed the majority of it will be spent on giving her mom a food truck.
In an interview with People magazine, the 28-year-old said her idea of purchasing her mother’s dream food truck started five years ago, but only became a reality on Tuesday after she won first place in women’s Olympic wrestling.
“I made a promise to her and she loves cooking,” she told People. “It’s just one of her passions. Growing up, we’d be like, ‘Ooh, mommy, you put your back into this food.”
Mensah-Stock said she asked her mom: “So how about I buy you a food truck and you can be anywhere you want to be?”
“She’s like, ‘Yes, I would love that.’ This is five years ago. And I just keep telling her, ‘Just hold off, mommy, please just hold off,'” the athlete told the publication. She also said she and her mother already have a name in mind for the truck: “The Lady Bug.”
Stock later went on to discuss the pressures her mother faced after her father died. “She’s always doing back-breaking work,” she said. “I’ve just seen her struggling ever since my dad died and I don’t like seeing it.”
Her father tragically died in a car accident on the way home from one of her wrestling competitions while she was in high school.