BRIEN STRAW
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The Summer Olympic Games begin August 5, and Sugar Land native Simone Manuel will be there. For Manuel, making the Olympics as a 19-year old is not surprising. Making the Olympic team as an African-American swimmer is.

The road to Rio is not an easy one. For Sugar Land native Simone Manuel, it began at an early age. "I started swimming at the age of six, and then I decided I wanted to do year-round swimming at the age of nine." Manuel says.

At ten Simone says she earned her first state record. At 19, Manuel is on the U.S. Olympic team.

"Seeing the Olympic rings by my name I was just in shock, I just didn't really know what to do, I didn't know how to react. I think the only thing I probably said inside my head was, 'Thank God.' But I definitely was really excited," she says.

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