Simone Manuel Says Media Needs To Leave Athletes Alone After Disappointing Performances
The 24-year-old swimmer says athletes are human and need time to process their performance before being bombarded with interviews.
August 06, 2021 at 7:59 pm
U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel is asking reporters to stop interviewing athletes immediately following disappointing performances.
On July 26, the 24-year-old swimmer was the last leg during the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay which helped the U.S. earn the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the last thing she wanted to do after her performance was answer questions, The Washington Post reported.
Racing for a medal for Team USA never gets old. Blessed that I was able to do it with these awesome women and Team USA! More great racing still ahead! ????
— Simone Manuel (@swimone) July 26, 2021
In 2016, Manuel won the gold medal after competing in the 100-meter freestyle event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Despite having a record of being victorious, she said she knows what it’s like to be questioned by the media after a disappointing performance and thinks it’s a practice that needs to stop.