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Seventeen year old Olympian, Lia Neal is beating the odds: she is the 2nd African-American female to qualify for the US Olympic Swim Team.

The ability to swim in itself is no short of a small feat for the New York City native, where 70 percent of African-American kids do not know how to swim. Lia has wowed the nation, having earned 3 gold medals as part of the 400m relay, an individual silver medal in the 100m free, and a bronze in the 50m at the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships. She then went on to win gold in the 100m free and silver in the 50m free at the 2011 Wold Junior Championship.

Most recently, Lia and her teammates won the bronze medal in the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay on July 28th at the London Olympic Games with a time of 3 minutes and 34.24 seconds behind Australia and the Netherlands.

Neal also received a little added bonus at the games. She was told that First Lady Michelle Obama went from watching Serena Williams’ tennis match to the pool to watch her swim. She giggled and said, “She was here? That’s so amazing. I wish I could have seen her.”

Congrats Lia. #TeamUSA!

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  1. OH COME ON YOU GUYS. SHE IS BLACK. BLACK AND PROUD. BEING BLACK DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU DONT HAVE OTHER RACES IN YOUR BLOOD. IT JUST MEANS THAT YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY BLACK, OF AFRICAN DESCENT. NO NEED TO ARGUE ABOUT IT. IF SHE WERE FULL ASIAN THEN SHE WOULD NOT BE ON THIS WEBSITE.

    • We aren’t arguing Connie, we know she’s black. It’s the person who felt the need to dissect her ethnicity on here. As if being Asian outweighs her being Black.

  2. And Also Kyla Ross She’s on the women US Olympics Gymnastics Team along with Gabby Douglas. Kyla Father is black and Japanese and her mother is Filipina and Puerto Rican. BCK Need to Feature her to

  3. LIA IS ACTUALLY 1/2 BLACK & 1/2 CHINESE. SHE IS AN INSPIRATION

    FOR ALL YOUNG PEOPLE! GO LIA!!!! OUR PART BLACK & CHINESE

    FAMILY IS SOOOO PROUD OF YOU!!!

    • When I said “our” young people, I meant United States born and then African American. Some people are so anti Black and racist.

      I hope the chlorine in the pool is not damaging this athlete’s skin. I’m proud of beautiful skin and complexions too. Guess she did not get that good part from her African American side. ;)

    • @ MELISSA..she would not be featured on BCK if it were not for her being obviously African American and the fact that the United States African American First Lady made a point to acknowledge her accomplishment.

      I’m going to search to see how many Chinese American celebrity kids sites will be featuring her Olympic her.

        • Actually, a whole page of the Chinese newspaper was dedicated to her heroics. There were also viewing parties at local swimming clubs attended by mostly Chinese-American kids. She won’t be who she is without the love and support of BOTH parents. Go Lia!!

          • Great. Could you please give the name of the Chinese paper so that I can Google it? Can’t be anymore petty to ask for as you commenting on it is petty.

          • I don’t believe such an article exists. I tried searching online myself and it was non existant. Many articles on how Brooklyn, N.Y, USA praised her…the place where she is from.

    • OH COME ON YOU GUYS. SHE IS BLACK. BLACK AND PROUD. BEING BLACK DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU DONT HAVE OTHER RACES IN YOUR BLOOD. IT JUST MEANS THAT YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY BLACK, OF AFRICAN DESCENT. NO NEED TO ARGUE ABOUT IT. IF SHE WERE FULL ASIAN THEN SHE WOULD NOT BE ON THIS WEBSITE. SO GET OVER IT. PEOPLE NEED TO STOP THINKING THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH CALLING YOURSELF BLACK. IF YOU ARE FROM JAMAICA, YOU ARE BLACK. IF YOU ARE FROM BRAZIL, THERE IS A CHANCE THAT YOU ARE BLACK, IF YOU ARE FROM HAITI, YOU ARE BLACK. CULTURALLY YOU MAY BE DIFFERENT. YOU MAY BE MIXED WITH A FEW THINGS, BUT WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT, YOU ARE BLACK. BLACK PRIDE!

      • fyi, not all Jamaican’s are black! lol. There is a big population of Asians there, & white people. You wouldn’t call all Brazilians black (even tho there is a big population of African descent people), so don’t ignore the other races of Jamaica. “Out of many, one people!” :)

  4. I have been waiting for BCK to write about her. I am not American, but i am really proud of her. It is so good to see Black people in the olympics swimming.

    She is a good swimmer too, she can hold her own, along with alia adkinson from Jamaica and the boys from the US.

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