With the 2012 Summer Olympics kicking off this Friday in London, our eyes are on our sisters who will be competing in the summer games. These young black female athletes have worked and trained hard to get to the top of their game in their respective sport from basketball, swimming, track, gymnastics and much more.
Find out why they’re the ones to keep your eye on during the 2012 summer games!
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Specialty: Track and Field. Having set four world-leading times over 200 and 400 meters in her first three competitions of the season, this is her first indoor competition for the first time in several years.
Speciality: Taekwondo. A surprise qualifier during the Olympic trials, McPherson, 21, defeated 2004 silver medalist, Nia Abdallah, to earn a spot on the 2012 roster.
Specialty: Swimming. This Brooklyn native father is black and her mother is Chinese. She is considered the second black woman to make the US Olympic swim team. When Neal made the team Alicia Keys congratulated her on Twitter.
Specialty: Track and Field. She grew up in a very poor household but was able to get a scholarship to LSU to run track. In the 2008 Olympics, Lolo tripped over a hurdle in the 100m, ruining her chance at a medal. This year is her time for gold.
Specialty: Gymnastics. This 16 year-old is the first African American since Dominique Dawes in 2000 to join the women’s U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team.
Specialty: Track and Field. At the Olympic qualifiers, Allyson ran the 200 in 21.69 seconds, the fastest woman since Marion Jones in 1998. Allyson already has two silver medals in the 200 from Beijing, and we’re sure she’s looking for gold this year.
Specialty: Track and Field. Jeter won the 100m race at the Olympic trials, running it in 10.92 seconds. She beat Marion Jones’ 100m record in 2009, making her the second fastest woman ever.
Speciality: Fencing. The Brooklyn native was named First Team All-Ivy League and 2011 Rookie of the Year as a student at Columbia University.
Specialty: Basketball. Maya Moore is one of the best female basketball players to ever play in college. She took UConn to back to back national championships while scoring an average of 20 points a game. We’re sure nothing is going to slow her down at her first Olympics.
Specialty: Track and Field, High jump, long jump. Chaunte took a year off from competition in 2007 and gave birth to her daughter, Jasmine. After her second daughter was born in April 2011, Lowe started training two-days later.