Swim cap worn by Simone Manuel at the 2016 Olympics

Manufactured by
TYR Sport, American, founded 1985
Worn by
Manuel, Simone Ashley, American, born 1996
rubber and ink
H x W: 7 3/4 × 8 3/4 in. (19.7 × 22.2 cm)
bathing caps
Collection title
Simone Manuel Collection
Place used
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America
Simone Manuel wore this suit at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she won two gold and two silver medals. Manuel became the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming when she tied for gold with Canadian Penny Oleksiak in the 100-meter freestyle. Her win set an Olympic record and an American record. She also won gold in the 4x100-meter medley, and silver in the 50-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
Swim cap worn by Simone Manuel.
The white rubber swim cap has a red, white, and blue American flag on either side. On the proper right side, the flag is backwards. The name “MANUEL” is in black text under the American flag on either side. There is a black TYR logo on the front of the cap. On the inside of the cap there is small black text which reads [TYR / MADE IN CHINA / H0107 / F-AH].
Clothing and dress
United States--History--2001-
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Simone Ashley Manuel
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions

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