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.

Via Reuters:

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.

 

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