The Rio Oympics is all about that Black girl magic, with the ladies of Team USA kicking ass and making history.
American swimmer Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual event. The 20-year-old athlete dominated the competition in the 100-meter freestyle.
“It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality,” Manuel said. “This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on. My color just comes with the territory.”
But Manuel wasn’t the only Simone who kicked ass this week.
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Simone Biles solidified her queen status after she won gold in the individual all-around competition. The 19-year-old gymnast is the only woman to win world championships three years in a row, and has not lost a gymnastics meet since 2013. She’s been long regarded as the best gymnast in the world.
Gabby Douglas, who was the first African-American woman to win gold in the individual all-around in 2012, also walked away with gold this year in the all-around women’s team competition, along with teammates Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian.
Congrats to these fierce ladies!