Warm Houston welcome for Olympic swimmer Simone Manuel

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HOUSTON — Team USA swimmer Simone Manuel is back in Houston along with her two gold and two silver medals.

Manuel arrived at Bush Intercontinental Airport from Rio,  bright and early Wednesday morning.

She was welcomed by her family, friends, city leaders and fans.

Manuel, 20, is truly an inspiration and represented her hometown well. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, she won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley, and silver medals in the 50-meter freestyle and the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

"I'm completely humbled by the fact that y'all think I'm an inspiration, and I'm just happy to be back in Texas," Manuel said.

Joe Zimmerman, the mayor of Sugar Land, says the city is going to work with Manuel to organize a celebration to take place soon.

In winning the 100-meter freestyle, a tie with Penny Oleksiak of Canada, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming and set an Olympic record and an American record.

"I'm just doing it because I love it," Manuel said. "I'm glad that I have broken some barriers and hopefully have been an inspiration to others."

So what's the first thing she wants to do? "Go to Shipley's!" she said.

Welcome home Simone!