While Penny Oleksiak and Simone Manuel shared the podium and gold medal standing in Rio on Thursday, their moms also tied for Olympic pride in the stands.
— Swimming Canada (@SwimmingCanada) August 12, 2016
In this awesome photo, Oleksiak's mom, Alison, and Manuel's mom, Sharon, stand side-by-side holding up "number one" gestures. Their faces are absolutely beaming after their daughters tied for first place in the women's 100-metre freestyle.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) August 12, 2016
“It’s a little surreal, frankly, when you think of your 16-year-old as an Olympian athlete,” Alison admitted to Yahoo in an interview before the summer games. “We’re all a little shellshocked. That her first senior international event is an Olympics, and not just in the relay but in three other events as well, is -- almost as much as her data bills. And they can be pretty big.”
At the Rio Olympics, Oleksiak has already won four medals: two bronze, one silver and now a gold.
Their moms weren't the only ones beaming yesterday. Check out Mark Tewksbury congratulating Oleksiak on her first Olympic gold medal.
— Mark Tewksbury (@marktewks) August 12, 2016
Tewksbury won gold for Canada back in 1992 in the men's 100 metre backstroke. The baton has been passed indeed.