It feels only yesterday Tamyra Mensah-Stock dominated the competition to win gold in the women's 68kg freestyle wrestling. However, she is already repaying those who helped her reach her dream.
According to ABC 13, Tamyra planned to use some of her Olympic winnings, which chalked up to around $250,000, to buy a food truck for her mother Shonda Wells. It all began 5 years ago when Tamyra promised Shonda a truck of her own as Shonda sold BBQ out of a pit with 2 wheels.
USA Wrestling has a reward program that gives wrestlers who win gold $250,000. That money includes the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee's program that awards $37,500 for gold.
Cameron Davies, the owner of Cruising Kitchens, a food truck manufacturing company, heard of Tamyra's plans to buy a $30,000 truck, and decided to gift her an even better truck.
Instead, Shonda received a $250,000 truck from Cruising Kitchens with "all the bells and whistles," as Cameron said in a Zoom call which was captured by ABC 13.
"It's time for you to take care of her because she's been taking care of you," Davies said to Tamyra.
Cameron explained how he had researched Tamyra and had "fell in love with the person she (is)."
"I've been wanting this for (Shonda) for so long," Tamyra stated.
The process of designing and building a truck for Shonda will take more than 3 months, but it won't be long before 'P'lickles Famous BBQ' will be serving up grub in the Houston area.
Tamyra was overjoyed at the gift for her mother, "oh my God, I can't believe it," Wells said. "Thank you so much, This is a dream come true."
Tamyra made history by becoming the first Black woman to win a gold medal in wrestling after defeating Nigeria's Blessing Oborududu 4-1 in the Olympic Games final.