The bedazzled chalice filled with #BlackGirlMagic hath spilleth over.
Just halfway through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and Black women are the breakout stars at this year’s competition.
Check out some women who have already won gold:
Michelle “Shot Diva” Carter who made history winning the gold medal in shot put on August 12.
Carter is the first woman and African-American to take home the top spot for the U.S. Women’s shot put team. Carter, 30, heaved her last shot 20.63 meters to surpass and upset two-time defending gold medalist Valeri Adams of New Zealand, coming up big on her last attempt.
““I’m just grateful we had this moment,” Michelle Carter told USA Today. “Everybody wants to come out and win the gold, and sometimes it takes a personal best, sometimes it doesn’t. But to be able to have all those pieces come together, it’s a great feeling,” she added.
“I knew I had more in the tank. And to go out there and put the pieces together and pull it out … I’m just really excited.”
Simone Biles is one of the baddest gymnasts to ever soar through the air. With her signature double layout and half twist giving her a huge edge against the competition, the 19-year-old star became the first Black gymnast to win the world all-around title at this year’s games.
After her win, she said, “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I’m the first Simone Biles. To me, I’m just the same Simone.”
Biles is the first woman to win three consecutive world all-around titles and a 10-time gold medalist.
Simone Manuel became the first Black woman to win a gold medal in swimming after an impressive run in the woman’s 100-meter freestyle. She also won a silver medal in the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay.
After her historic win, Manuel told reporters, “This medal is not just for me. It’s for a whole bunch of people that came before me and have been an inspiration to me. And it’s for all the people after me, who believe they can’t do it.”
The Texas native was 4 years old when she first learned how to swim for safety, CNN reports. She fell in love with the sport and fully jumped into the pool at 9.
Manuel recently spoke out about race and police brutality.
“It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality,” Manuel told USA Today. “This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on. My color just comes with the territory.”
Manuel also said she struggled with the pressure of being a Black athlete.
“Coming into the race I tried to take weight of the black community off my shoulders. It’s something I carry with me. I want to be an inspiration, but I would like there to be a day when it is not ‘Simone the black swimmer.’
Gabby Douglas continues to reign as one of the top Black gymnasts in the world. The decorated champion returned to the Olympics this year and scored gold in the women’s team all-around.
In 2012, Douglas competed in all four disciplines (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise). She became the first Black woman to win the individual all-around and first gymnast to win both the team and individual all-around gold.
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