Black Girl Magic At The Olympics

Can Rio handle all of Team USA’s melanin? Of course they can.

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I am not an athlete—in fact I don’t have one athletic bone in my body. I once got into an argument with my tee ball coach about the logistics of hitting the ball, then running in a circle just to get back to the same place I started. I was 5, and clearly destined for another path.

 

But I always admired athletes from afar, my dad and uncles played football, my mom and aunts played softball, my brother played soccer—and I, well I was the theatre kid. I could ACT like I was sprinting. I could act like I was swimming. I would act out gymnastics routines and pretend to hit the tennis ball back and forth. Well, I’m still that girl, but I’ve gained a new sense of pride as I’m seeing more and more Olympians who look like me, with hair like mine—regular black girls, just like me. They may not know me personally, but I appreciate their hustle, dedication, perseverance and strength because I see them all as role models, not only for me, but for many girls across the country.

 

Anyways, enough about me – here’s a list of the black girls to watch at this year’s Olympics in Rio!

 

Simone Biles – Gymnastics

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Tori Bowie- Track and Field – Long Jump, 100m, 200m

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Michelle Carter – Track & Field Shot Put

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Vashti Cunningham – Track and Field – High Jump

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Gabrielle Douglas – Gymnastics

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Allyson Felix- Track and Field – Sprinter

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English Gardner- Track and Field – Sprinter

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Brittney Griner- Basketball

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Dawn Harper-Nelson- Track and Field – 100m Hurdles

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Ashleigh Johnson- Water Polo – Goalkeeper

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Shamier Little – Track and Field – 400m Hurdles

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Simone Manuel- Swimming

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Alysia Montaño- Track and Field – Middle Distance Runner

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Maya Moore – Basketball

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Lia Neal – Swimming – Freestyle Events

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Candice Parker – Basketball 

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Claressa Shields- Boxing

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Serena Williams – Tennis

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Venus Williams – Tennis

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Ajee Wilson- Track and Field – Middle Distance

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Get it girls! U-S-A! U-S-A!

 

-Shanda

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