Despite the International Olympic Committee’s relief that all four of the swimmers are still alive, the conflicting reports from each have given police officers doubt in believing the robbery as video footage at a gas station shows otherwise. Rio de Janeiro (CNN)[Breaking news update, posted at 3:10 p.m. ET] Civil Police chief Fernando Veloso says […]
From Tommie and John’s Black Power salute to Gabby Douglas becoming the first African American to win an individual gymnastics title, here are some of the most memorable moments for African Americans in the Olympics.
EZRA SHAW VIA GETTY IMAGES If you don’t know Simone Biles’ name yet, you will by the end of this summer. The 19-year-old Texas gymnast is one of Team USA’s best bets for multiple gold medals in Rio. She’s the anchor of the women’s gymnastics team and the first woman to win three back-to-back World […]
Vashti Cunningham clinched a Rio Olympic berth in the high jump on Sunday and, at age 18, became the youngest U.S. Olympian in the sport since 1980. Cunningham, the daughter of retired NFL All-Pro quarterback Randall Cunningham, finished second to Chaunté Lowe, a mother of three and veteran of three Olympic teams. Inika McPherson was third to round out the […]
After being carried off the track at her last meet, Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross is leaning on God to qualify for the final Olympic games of her career. A hamstring injury at the American Track League meet in Atlanta earlier this month resulted in the previous 400 meter gold medalist missing out on the […]
(Credit: GETTY/INSTAGRAM) One teen gymnast is having an incredible year and has now been awarded one of the highest accolades an American athlete can attain. It has been a record-breaking year for Simone Biles. The 18-year-old, who won’t compete in her first Olympics until eight months from now, has already officially been named the Team […]
Track and field star Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first black woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic games, died in Georgia on Monday at the age of 90. Coachman, who won her gold medal in the high jump at the 1948 summer Olympics in London, died at a hospital […]
An Olympic gold medal won byJesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record $1.4 million in an online auction. SCP Auctions says an anonymous bidder paid $1,466,574, the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. The online auction ended Sunday. Owens won gold in the 100- and 200-meters, 400 relay […]
If winning two Olympic gold medals and being one of the only African Americans to do it weren’t enough of an overachievement, add publishing two books to the list. In a follow-up to her December 2012 memoir, “Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith,” Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglasis doing just that. To commemorate the release of her […]
Olympic gold-medal gymnast and “Dancing With the Stars” champion Shawn Johnson talks about growing in her Christian faith and learning to trust in God in her memoir, Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith and Living Your Dreams. In her story of trial and triumph, Johnson reflects on the lessons she’s learned […]
Former Olympic runner Marion Jones has moved on with her life, after admitting to taking performance-enhancing drugs at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She served a stint in jail, came out and announced she wanted to play basketball, and now she's on the roster of WNBA team, with the Tulsa Shock.