Black Athletes Could Make History During Winter Olympics
More Black athletes continue to shine at Sochi during Black History Month
There has been a long time concern for the lack of color represented at the Winter Olympics compared to the events in the Summer Games. However, times are changing and this year there’s a group of African Americans causing quite the stir at Sochi in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. From speed skater Shani Davis, to women’s bobsled members Lolo Jones, Lauryn Williams, Aja Evans and Jasmine Fenlator, these five are set to help make history in the Winter Olympics, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Davis, 31, who made history at the 2006 Winter Olympics by becoming the first Black male athlete to win an individual sport medal for the 1000-meter speed skating event also won gold at the 2010 Winter Games at Vancouver for the same event, and if he wins the 1000-meter again in Sochi, he will then become the first American to ever win three straight Winter Games Olympic gold medals. Furthermore, Jones and Williams who are no strangers to the Olympics, will compete as members of the USA women’s bobsled team. Finishing in 4th place in the 1100-meter hurdlers, during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Jones, 31, has her heart set on gold as she jumps ship (no pun intended) to compete in the bobsled category.
These are just a few of the African Americans representing at Sochi and we can only hope that more black athletes will follow suit. Congratulations to all of the athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. You are all so inspiring. We salute you!