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!