The Olympics has come to an end and Black America has many accomplishments to be proud of. There was Gabby Douglas becoming the first African-American to ever win Olympic gold in the gymnastic individual all-around and the women’s 4x 100 relay team setting a new world record, as well as the total USA domination on both the men’s and women’s side of the Olympic basketball competition. As the Games of the 30th Olympian fade into the history books, we want to take a moment to remember the best of the black moments at the Olympics this year.
1. Gabby Douglas
Virginia Beach’s own Gabby Douglas must have seen her Olympic success years ago when she begged her mother for better coaching. She had to go to Iowa to get it, staying with a white host family and training with Liang Chow, the Asian-American coach who coached Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson to gold. Black Americans stuck out their chests with pride when Gabby won gold in the individual all-around, the first African-American to do so. Yet her divorcing parents, her military father’s absence (as he served the country in Afghanistan) her mother’s bankruptcy and her hair all became a subject of scrutiny in the wake of her win. Sigh. What’s a black girl going to have to do to have the world focus just on her accomplishments? Gabby Douglas sees her family after winning gold.
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(Source: Black America Web)