Black Swimmers Make Olympic History

Abdourahman-Osman-djibouti-olympic-swimmerJul 3, 2012 7:38 AM

For the first time in American history, three black swimmers will join the Olympic team when it travels to compete in the London games this summer. One swimmer comes from a city where the vast majority of her ethnicity do not swim, while another learned after nearly drowning as a child

Native New Yorker Lia Neal, 17, placed fourth in the Olympic trials, becoming just the second African American woman to join a U.S. swim team ever.

What makes her feat all the more remarkable is the fact that some 70 of African American children in New York do not know how to swim despite being practically surrounded by large bodies of water, the Washington Post reports.

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