Black Girls Are Running the 2016 Olympics!
The 2016 Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the amount of Black girls making moves on the national stage is too much to ignore. The gymnastics team is definitely the most talked about being lead by Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles. Tennis phenoms and sisters Serena Williams and Venus Williams are competing as well as Lia Neal and Simone Manuel on the swim team.
But there’s also the women’s track team with Allyson Felix and the women’s basketball team with Tamika Catchings and Maya Moore.
Check out just some of the Black girls you should keep your eye on in Rio over the next few weeks.
Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles
Both members of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team and by far the most anticipated when they take the floor. Douglas is back for her second Olympics as she made history in London in 2012 winning two gold medals. Biles has been thrust on the national stage over the past few months and is already dubbed the “Michael Jordan of gymnastics.”
Serena Williams and Venus Williams
The tennis phenoms continue to dominate the competition in America, but recently lost in the doubles competition this weekend. Serena still has opportunity to compete in the singles competition.
Lia Neal and Simone Manuel
Lia and Simone made history for just qualifying for the Olympics. For the first time, there were two Black women on the Olympic swim team at the same time. Both are students at Stanford University. Lia, a Brooklyn native, won the bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics and Simone is two-time NCAA champion.
During the 2012 Olympics, Allyson Felix took home the gold in the 200 meter relay. She is a three-time world champion and two-time silver medalist. She’s also a major star to watch on this year’s women’s track team.
U.S.A. Women’s National Basketball team
The women’s basketball team is a favorite to take home the gold medal. The team is being led by the likes of WNBA great, Tamika Catchings and league star, Maya Moore.
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