Born on August 2, 1996, Simone Ashley Manuel hails from Sugar Land, Texas.
Her athletic prowess began to shine at the tender age of four when she started swimming lessons.
Despite considering quitting swimming for dance at age ten, her mother encouraged her to pursue both and Manuel soon rose to become a top-ranked swimmer under the tutelage of First Colony coach Allison Beebe.
Manuel’s international debut was at the 2011 FINA World Junior Championships.
Her swimming journey took her from the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships to the 2013 U.S. National Championships and then to the World Aquatics Championships where she won gold.
After graduating high school, Manuel attended Stanford University and became a two-time NCAA champion.
Simone Manuel is known by many as “Swimone”.
I have handpicked the best quotes by Simone Manuel.
Best Simone Manuel Quotes
I want to be an inspiration, but I would like there to be a day when it is not ‘Simone the black swimmer.’ ~ Simone Manuel.
I swim for myself. I love it, I have fun, and just representing my country is the greatest honor I could ever have. ~ Simone Manuel.
LeBron James, I just love watching him play. I love his work ethic and all the things he stands for. ~ Simone Manuel.
People call me Swimone more than Simone now…. Not quite used to that yet! ~ Simone Manuel.
I like to listen to Beyonce or any type of upbeat music when I am working out. Gospel music always motivates me. ~ Simone Manuel.
For people who believe that they can’t do it, I hope I’m an inspiration to others to get out there and try swimming. You might be pretty good at it. ~ Simone Manuel.
Famous Simone Manuel Quotes
The title ‘black swimmer’ makes it seem like I am not supposed to be able to win a gold medal, I am not supposed to be able to break the Olympic record, and that is not true, as I work as hard as anybody else, and I love the sport, and I want to win, just like everybody else. ~ Simone Manuel.
Swimming is a life-saving skill, so just the fact that the sport that I love can give so much back to other people – and inspire them to join something that they never thought they could do or go after their dreams – is something that is really special to me. ~ Simone Manuel.
I cook often when I am at home but not in college. I do it alone. It is just very relaxing to me. Just about anything that I like to eat, I can cook – chicken, salmon, stir fry. I like to cook seafood or burgers the most when I am entertaining. ~ Simone Manuel.
My first gold medal, at my first Olympics, is kind of a surprise to me. I never thought I would be in this position, but I’m so blessed and honored to be on the medal stand. ~ Simone Manuel.
I am fortunate that I have two older brothers, and they have definitely helped me with being competitive just to keep up with them. We were always encouraged to try what we wanted to do. As long as we tried our hardest and did the best we could, it didn’t matter what we did. ~ Simone Manuel.
So these were the 11 top quotes about Simone Manuel.