"You live up to who you’re told you are. I’m named after a 17th-century queen from Angola, Nzinga Mbande. During the colonial period, the Europeans would try to come to Africa and take their land, and she defended her territory. I think it’s not a coincidence that I’m named Nzingha and I go off with my sword and fight people for my country. I was always told that I’m a strong woman, and I was named after a strong woman, and I think it’s not a coincidence that I’ve become this top fencer."
Teresa Patrica Alemida of Angola celebrates after the Women’s Handball match between Romania and Angola on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Future Arena on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)