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2012 Black Olympics
Jul 9, 2012 | News Archive
2012 Black Olympics

Check out the article for information on up and coming African American athletes who are participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

2012 Black Olympics

This year’s 2012 Summer Olympics is being held in London and ranges from a number of A-list African American celebrities from Lebron James and Serena Williams who recently won her fifth Wimbledon title to up and coming athletes such as 17 year old Lia Neal.

LIA NEAL

Lia Neal is a native New Yorker who happens to be the second African American female to be placed on the women’s swimming team; the first being Maritza Correia who won a silver medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay in 2004. Lia Neal reportedly told the Washington Post
that in reference to her being the second African American women on the 2012 Olympic swimming team that “It’s a pretty big title” that she feels capable of upholding.

The African American community appears to be diversifying the 2012 Olympic roster. In the men’s swimming competition, Anthony Ervin is said to be participating in the Olympics after winning his first Gold medal at the age of 19 and then later quitting swimming at the age of 22 in 2003. Apparently, according to the New York Times, the U.S. swim team has never had the privilege of having more than one team member that is of African American descent on the team in which is a barrier that Ervin broke.  A newly re-inspired Anthony Ervin is attempting to make a comeback in this year Olympics. World Record Holder and 2008 U.S. Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones is also said to participate in the 2012 Olympics in London. He helped bring home not only a world record but a gold medal in a 4x100 freestyle relay.  Cullen Jones became the second African-American in history to win an Olympic Gold Medal in swimming.

CULLEN JONES

Other rising African American athletes such as Gabrielle Douglas are set to participate in the 2012 Olympics in London. 16 year old gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is said to defy gravity which is why she was given the nickname “Flying Squirrel”.  The “Flying Squirrel” almost won her first national title in St. Louis at the USA gymnastics national championship. However, she received a one point deduction after an accidental fall by the athlete. Despite her defeat, she is training hard in order to be prepared for this year Olympic games. Another African American female gymnast participating in the 2012 Olympics is Elizabeth “Ebee” Price. Elizabeth Price is a senior international elite gymnast from Parkette’s National Training Center in Allentown, PA. According to her [1]website, “In 2011, Elizabeth represented the USA team at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy where she helped the USA team to win the team title. At the VISA Championships, Elizabeth placed fifth on vault and fourth on uneven bars and made the Junior US National Team for the second time” She is currently training for the upcoming 2012 Olympic games season.

There is a long list of African Americans athletes who are expected to participate in the 2012 Olympics held in London. In fact there are too many to mention. However, all share one common goal and that’s bringing the gold medal back to their country.

Posted By: Eric Turner

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