"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)
Pau Gasol (L) of Spain in action against DeMarcus Cousins (R) of the USA during the men's Basketball semi final game between Spain and the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 1 in the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 August 2016. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH