African Americans in the Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympics Games, opens Friday, July 27, 2012, and closes Sunday, August 12, 2012, will be held in London, England. The latest rave for the first time in American history there is three African Americans who will be joining the Olympic swim team. The London 2012 Swimming competition will be an eight-day event that will take place between 28th of July and 4th of August. Check TriFactor out to get the swimmers for Olympic championship. The students of the classes will be educated regarding the injuries and defending in the pool. 

Swimming is mostly a predominantly white sport, and the vast majority of African Americans do not swim. So, to have three from the U.S. to compete is a lot to be said.

Lia Neal

Lia’s father is African-American and her mother is Chinese. The 17 year-old is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She will be entering her senior year in high school this fall, at Convent of the Sacred Heart, Roman Catholic all-girl school in the Manhattan borough of New York City.

Lia Neal qualified fourth place in the Olympic swim team, becoming the second African American woman in history to qualify on a U.S. swim team. Lia will compete in the London Olympics as part of the 400-meter freestyle relay team.

Cullen Jones

The 28-year old, Cullen Jones moved from New York City, to Irvington, New Jersey. Cullen is currently a Charlotte resident and a former N.C. State swimmer star athlete. He learned to swim when he was five years old after a near drowning incident.

Cullen qualified both individually for the men’s 100 freestyle and for the 4×100 relay by coming in second place. Jones finished with a time of 21.59, to finish one-hundredth of a second ahead of Anthony Ervin. He qualified for his second individual event in the London Games with a victory in the 50-meter freestyle.

Cullen teamed up with Make a Splash program, which encourages minorities to learn to swim and be safe in the water.

Anthony Ervin

Anthony Lee Ervin, born May 26, 1981 in California, and raised in Valencia, California. Ervin is of African-American and Native American and Jewish descent. At 19, Anthony set a world record and won gold and silver in swimming at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Ervin auctioned off his gold medal on eBay and donated the proceeds of $17,100 to the tsunami relief earthquake. Currently, he is attending University of California at Berkeley pursuing a graduate degree in Sport, Education and Culture and works with the Oakland Undercurrents.

At 31, his best time of 21.60 seconds in the 50 free to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, finishing .01 second to Cullen Jones. He is the third African-American swimmer on the Olympic 2012 U.S. men’s team.

2012 Olympic History

Clearly this can only be a good thing, to see the multiracial makeup of the 2012 Olympic team. Three African-American swimmers from the U.S. Olympic team are unimaginable, when so few are swimmers.