The 2016 Olympic games in Rio, Brazil was groundbreaking, interesting and quite astonishing . Black female athletes such as Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, Michelle Carter, and Gabby Douglas made history with their achievements in gymnastics while Jamaican athletes like Usain Bolt made history in track and field. However, Ryan Lochte and his friends’ disgraceful vandalism of a Brazilian gas station took away from much positive attention surrounding the Olympic games. Though the Olympics was filled with good and bad moments, the achievements of Black girls and women will be the topic of the discussion regarding the highlights of the Olympic Games.
Here is a picture of Simone Biles
Nineteen year old Simone Biles has broken records and set the bar for other women to measure up to in the Olympics. The gymnast won four gold medals and one bronze medal. Biles has won more world championship medals than any other American gymnast in history. She also won more gold medals than any other woman since Ludmilla Tourischeva in 1974.
Here is a picture of Gabby Douglas
Twenty year old Gabby Douglas won gold all around for her team
Here is a picture of Simone Manuel
Simone Manuel brought home five gold medals
Here is a picture of Michelle Carter
Here is a picture of Briana Rollin
Here is a picture of Nia Ali
Here is a picture of Kristi Chrislin
Michelle Carter, Briana Rollins and Kristi Castlin were the first women in the Olympics from the same nation to complete 1-2-3 in a 100 meter hurdle. Dalilah Muhammad won a gold medal for the women’s 400 meters hurdle while Ibtihaj Muhammad who bronze in fencing. Plus both Dalilah and Ibtihaj Muhammed are Black Muslim women. Though Simone Biles, Simone Manuel and Gabby Douglas received the most press for their achievements, I believe that all of the Black women involved should be acknowledged for their achievements. Hence why I am pleased with their successes and wish them the best luck in the future.
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