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US Wrestler Using Gold Medal Winnings to Buy Mom a Food Truck

Gold medal winning Olympic wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock is planning to make her mom’s "dream come true" by using the cash she won from the games to buy her a food truck.

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

Mensah-Stock, who is the first black woman and second woman ever to claim a wrestling gold for the US, accomplished the feat by beating Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu.

She will be getting $37,500 from winning gold, paid out by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. The amount is untaxed unless athletes have a gross income over $1 million.

Mensah-Stock revealed that her mom has sold food off a portable grill. She said, “I made a promise to her and she loves cooking. 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.’"

She recounted telling her mom, "So how about I buy you a food truck and you can be anywhere you want to be? My mom was ecstatic. 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.’”

She and her mom already have a name in mind for the truck, "The Lady Bug."

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