When an American wins a gold medal at the Olympics, it’s always a cause for celebration. However, when a black American wins in a sport they’re not dominated in, we cry and celebrate like they’re our kin!
Last night, Simone Biles won a gold medal to add to her enormous collection of Olympic medals when she took top score at the individual all-around gymnastics competition at the Rio Games. This makes Biles the first woman in 20 years to hold the world and Olympic all-around titles simultaneously, and the first AMERICAN woman ever to do it, according to New York Mag.
Another Simone, Simone Manuel, has made history last night as the first African-American woman to take the gold in the women’s 100-meter freestyle [swimming]. According to CNN, the Stanford grad has given Team USA its first gold medal in that particular competition in decades.
We already knew it and now the world does…
— Stanford W. Swimming (@stanfordwswim) August 12, 2016
Imma tell y’all…the whole ass WORLD better get used to us because we are showing up and showing out everywhere! With the help of Gabby Douglas, Black Girl Magic has been running deep in these Olympic streets for the last few events. Let’s not forget this iconic image that inspires squad goals in all of us!
The success of these women shows little black girls that they can get where they want to be with persistence, hard work, dedication, and ignoring those who say you can’t do it!
We’ve got Ashleigh Johnson slayin’ in water polo!
We’ve got Jenny Arthur showing off in Weightlifting!
Michelle Carter wins the gold in Women’s Shot Put!
Honorable mention definitely goes to our sistahs representin’ other countries. We see you 🙂