Simone Manuel is one of the best swimmers in the world. But even in 2016, there are very few professional swimmers who look like her. Clive Rose/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Clive Rose/Getty Images Code Switch Simone Manuel Wins Olympic Gold. That's A Really Big Deal August 12, 2016 When the 20-year-old won gold Thursday night, she wasn't just an athlete excelling at her sport. She was a symbol for what should have been self-evident all along: Swimming is for everyone.