Tamyra Mensah-Stock is a professional wrestler currently representing the United States competing for gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Tamyra holds the world title in the women’s 68kg class which came after 3 successive gold medals in the 2019 World Wrestling Championships.
The Chicago-born olympian is an extraordinary athlete and arguably the biggest star in women’s wrestling. Initially encouraged into the sport by her twin sister who wrestled at the time, she attributes her growth in self-confidence to wrestling after facing bullying in high school. Her father was always supportive of her interest in the sport and enjoyed watching her fight. Sadly, he passed away in a car accident leaving one of her wrestling tournaments, a tragedy that almost made Tamyra quit wrestling.
Fortunately, she did not allow herself to quit and continued competing for the ones she lost. Despite all of the struggles and strife she went through in the past, she uses those memories to drive her forward. Tamyra hopes to inspire young men and women to prove their doubters and themselves wrong by striving for success through defeating insecurity.