“It’s So Freaking Incredible”: Olympic Gold Medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock Reacts to Her Mother’s Food Truck Dream Coming True

Published 08/26/2021, 9:09 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Women’s 68kg – Medal Ceremony – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 3, 2021. Gold medallist Tamyra Marianna Mensah Stock of the United States poses with her medal REUTERS/Leah Millis


The wrestling team from the USA saw three gold medal victories in Tokyo. Gable Steveson, David Taylor, and Tamyra Mensah-Stock brought glory back to America with incredible performances. However, Mensah-Stock provided the most inspiring story amongst all athletes in Tokyo. Notably, her mom helped her as Tamyra worked for her dream by selling food on the pavement. Now, things have gone the other way around as her mother’s dream of owning a food truck, comes true.

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Tamyra Mensah-Stock is an inspiration

After winning the gold medal in Tokyo, a San-Antonio-based business venture took up the opportunity to provide a food truck for her Tamyra’s mother, Shonda Wells. Cruising Kitchens is a company that is going to build a food truck worth $250,000 that would probably become one of the best restaurants in the USA.

After working as a certified nursing assistant, Wells has come of age to follow her passion, that is, cooking. The past seven and a half years were not easy. Working in a pit, she was famous for selling some of the best barbeques in town. But she always dreamt of owning her own food-truck.

Mensah-Stock worked hard for her mother and finally achieved her dream, which in-turn helped achieve her mother’s dream.

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Shonda Well’s own food truck

She always spoke about her mother’s cooked meat is so tender and had the potential to grow into something big. But, the lack of finances meant the dream was a distant one. Cruising Kitchens took up the mantle and will now build a top-of-the-line food truck for the wrestler’s mother.

Tamyra spoke about her mother’s dream and how she was happy to achieve her goals.

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“To see my mom be able to carry out her dream is something I’ve been striving for in wrestling. It’s not my end-all-be-all goal because I’m trying to create that platform so I can give glory to God and tell people the message I want to give them. But at the same time, I want to help my mom meet her dreams and it’s so freaking incredible.”

“She is getting hooked up with a truck that I could not even have dreamed of. I can barely fathom it. It’s a $250,000 food truck. Like, what can you do with that? I don’t even understand,” said Mensah-Stock.

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A truly inspiring story from an incredibly talented wrestler.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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