LONDON -- Serena Williams is a two-time gold medalist at the London Olympics. She won as an individual and in doubles, playing with her sister Venus.
She’s a champion tennis player -- winner of numerous grand slam titles -- but out of all her wins, she said this one is at the top.
“For me, playing tennis, you always dream of winning grand slams but you never even dream of winning a gold medal,” Williams said. “And now I have two and can be mentioned among all the great athletes who’ve ever won gold medals.”
Williams tweeted that she was going to sleep with those medals, something she admitted she did.
“Yes, I slept right next to them on my pillow,” she said. “They were on my other pillow. We didn’t snuggle, but we should have.”
She’s also gotten a lot of attention for that dance she did after her big win.
“I was just in the moment and I just felt it and I started dancing because I was so happy and it was over. It’s everything I’ve been working for, for at least two years, knowing the Olympics are coming. You work to get there and then you finally make it and you finally win. I’m still trying to process it all,” she said.
Besides the competition, there’s so much to do and see at the Games. Williams said she’s trying her best to take it all in.
“I just take in a great opportunity to play for your country and to represent [it],” she said. “To participate in the Olympics, it doesn’t get better than that, and to see all these athletes from every walk.”
She said one of her favorite moments was watching South Africa’s double leg amputee Oscar Pistorius run in the 400 meters.
“He was able to qualify. I was crying. I had chill bumps everywhere.” Williams said. “Those are the moments you look for. That is what a real athlete and real Olympian is.”