Black Girl Magic Just keep getting sprinkled everywhere in Rio!
Congratulations to Kristi Castlin, Brianna Rollins, and Nia Ali, for taking all three medals in the 100-meter hurdles final. The women have made history as part of team USA, executing the first sweep ever in the Olympic high hurdles by women of one nation.
Gold medalist Rollins described it a “sisterhood”, while Castlin added very much a 2016 twist in a phrase more often seen on social media with a hashtag in front of it.
“I think that it’s just very good to be a part of this whole black girl magic movement,” she said.
“We actually came into this not as individuals but as a team. We work together, we pray together and that is how we got this job done.
“It feels good to definitely be history-makers, trend-setters, moms, daughters, really just overcoming and just doing a great job and representing our country well.”
Castlin dedicated her bronze medal to victims of gun crime, a cause very close to her heart after her father was murdered in a botched attempt to rob a hotel where he was the manager.
“Losing my father at the age of 12 to gun violence, I’ve overcome so much,” said the 28-year-old. “I want to connect more with young people that have been victims of gun violence.
“I feel, when I was young, I definitely had a lot of good guidance but sometimes I didn’t have someone of my age that I really could talk too.”
Her fellow medalists have also had to deal with major challenges in their early lives – Ali when her father killed himself in a murder-suicide and Rollins when her father was sent to prison.