#BlackGirlMagic was lit in Rio! You read it correctly. 98 Black women from around the globe won a medal at the 2016 Olympics. From Canada to Belgium to the U.S. to Cote d’lvoire and everywhere in between, Black girls were slaying the Olympics.
And we didn’t just kill it on the track and field. We were kicking ass and taking numbers in judo, rugby, boxing, and handball.
Simone Manuel didn’t just win A gold medal in swimming, she won 2 golds and 2 silvers! Women’s 100m Freestyle, Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay, Women’s 50m Freestyle, Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming and set an Olympic record and an American record.
Simone Biles – 4 Gold/1 Bronze: Women’s Vault, Women’s Team All Around, Women’s Floor Excecise, Women’s Individual All Around; Women’s Beam
Michelle Carter – U.S. Track & Field – Gold: Shot Put. Carter became the first United States women’s athlete to win the event since the women’s competition began at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, and only the second American to win any medal.
Claressa Shields – U.S. Boxing – Gold: Women’s Middle 75 kg. She’s also the first person to win back to back gold medals in boxing.
Brianna Rollins – U.S. Track & Field – Gold: Women’s 100m hurdles. Her time is the fourth-fastest run in history.
Dalilah Muhammad – U.S. Track & Field – Gold: Women’s 400m hurdles. Dalilah becomes the first U.S. women to ever win 400m hurdles.