We Taking Over: 10 Black Athletes Going For The Gold In White Dominated Sports During The 2012 London Olympics

- By Bossip Staff Categories: A "Lil Positivity", Ballers, For Discussion

We can do more than play basketball and run fast

Whether flipping, backstroking, lunging, or kicking, these 10 black U.S. Olympians have all excelled at sports traditionally missing minority competitors.

Their extraordinary journeys from the the fencing strip, the Tae Kwon Do mat, and the balance beam to the 2012 Olympic games in London demonstrate that athletic excellence knows no boundaries, or color. Make sure to check out the full list here.

Peep the full list after the flip and don’t forget to cheer for Team USA!

Swimming – Cullen Jones

Gymnastics – Gabby Douglas

Gymnastics – John Orozco

Swimming – Lia Neal

Fencing – Daryl Homer


Fencing – Nzingha Prescod

Tennis – Donald Young


Tae Kwon Do – Paige McPherson


Tennis – Venus and Serena Williams

There are still 14 sports that lack a little diversity: Canoe/Kayak, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Sailing, Shooting, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Water Polo and Weightlifting. Sign up your baby in a class for one of these sports now!

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