The USA ruled the scoreboard in the 2020 Olympics with 113 medals, out of which 39 are gold. It also ranked number 1 among the countries with maximum golds. The American athletes poured their hearts and soul into winning medals for their country. One of those hard-working American athletes who contributed gold to their country is Tamyra Mensah-Stock.
Tamyra is an American freestyle wrestler who won gold for the USA in the 2020 Olympic games. After her win, she became the first African-American and second American female athlete to win a gold in 68 kgs freestyle wrestling in the Olympics. Though she qualified in the 2016 Olympic trial, she could not compete in the actual game. But this time, she competed and even bagged the title.
Biography & Wiki Summary
|Tamyra Mariama Mensah-Stock
|Date of birth
|October 11, 1992
|31 years old
|Place of birth
|Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Jacob Alexander Stock
|1 Million USD
|5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Tamyra Mensah-Stock Net Worth and Earnings
The star wrestler has a great career with many titles and awards. She has earned a great deal of recognition and fortune from her athletic career.
Tamyra has earned quite a sum and has a net worth of 1 Million USD.
Height, Weight, and Physical Measurements
The Olympics gold medalist stands at an average height of 5 feet 5 inches. She is shorter compared to other wrestlers.
However, her body is perfect for wrestling. She has a well-built muscular body and weighs around 68 kgs.
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Tamyra’s Parets, Siblings, And Family
The Olympics gold medalist was born in Chicago but grew up in Houston. While her father was a Ghanaian, her mother, Shonda Wells, is a native of Illinois.
Tamyra lost her father in a car accident so, her mother raised her and her three siblings. She has a twin sister Tarkyia, an older brother, Russell, and a younger sister Tytiana.
Growing up, Tamyra was into track and field, but her twin sister was in the wrestling team. Once, her twin sister persuaded her for one of the practice sessions and introduced her to wrestling.
She fell for the sport and started competing in many championships. During her high school wrestling career, her father was her greatest supporter. However, he died in an accident while returning from one of her games.
It left a deep scar on Tamyra, who even thought of quitting wrestling at that time. But somehow, her family members consoled her, and she didn’t give up.
She was the Texas high school girl champion in both years of her high school. She then continued her career in wrestling in college, where she met her husband.
Currently, Tamyra is the reigning Olympic champion in the 68 kg freestyle wrestling. Along with the gold medal, she also received the prize amount. When asked what she will do about the prize money, she shared that she will give it to her mother.
She shared that it was the dream of her mother to open a food truck. Her mother previously sold sandwiches made in a small private grill for years.
Tamyra promised to buy a food truck for her mother five years ago, and she kept her promise. She and her mother have already decided to name the food truck, The Lady Bug.
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Tamyra Mensah-Stock Husband and Relationship
The freestyle wrestler has been married to her husband Jacob Alexander Stock since July 2016.
The couple first met during their high school days when both were on the wrestling team. Tamyra’s husband wrestled with her during high school. After high school, they went to the same university and even wrestled there.
Tamyra belongs to a black community, and Jacob belongs to a white, but they are still happily married even after all these years.
Though Jacob is a private man and is not much active on social media, Tamyra makes sure to post him once in a while on her social media.
Tamyra completed her high school at the Morton Ranch High school, located in Katy, Texas.
Once high school was over, she joined Wayland Baptist University and graduated in 2017.
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Tamyra started her career in wrestling after her twin sister took her to one of the wrestling practice sessions during high school.
After attending the session, she fell for the sport and joined her school team. She then became the school champion and decided to make a career out of it. During her high school, she even was the US Junior runner-up.
She continued wrestling in college and became the WCWA Nationals Champion twice in 2014 and 2017. She was also the US Universities Champion in 2015.
She was already an established female wrestler in the USA, so she tried out for the 2016 US Olympic team. She qualified for the trials but couldn’t participate in the actual Olympics as no other American female wrestlers were competing in 68kgs.
Though she couldn’t compete in the 2016 Olympics, she didn’t let it affect her. Instead, she continued competing in many other national and international championships. She won the Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin thrice in a row from 2017 to 2019.
In 2019, she also won the World Championship and became part of the first instance where three female American freestyle wrestlers won gold in the same world championship.
The same year, Tamyra also took part in the Pan American Championship and won. She again won the title twice in 2020 and2021].
She then competed in the 2020 Olympics Trial game and secured her spot on the Olympic team.
Once in Tokyo, she maintained her excellent performance and won gold in the final game. With her win, she became the first African-American female wrestler to win gold in freestyle wrestling.