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UPCOMING: LIA NEAL IS AN OLYMPIAN

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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25 Comments to “UPCOMING: LIA NEAL IS AN OLYMPIAN”

  • MissSuccess85 August 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    So proud of you God bless and thank you for “swimming-it-out” for our community :) God bless

  • WriterSanti August 2, 2012 at 1:02 am

    You go girl! You and Gabby. =)

  • Connie1 July 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    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.

    • Sherley July 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      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.

  • Raye July 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    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

  • Sherley July 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Congrats young lady! We are proud of you!

    • Pisces July 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Agree, Sherley, no matter what her ethnicity may be. She is a person of color, regardless and at least BCK cares enough to give her her 15 minutes.

      • Sherley July 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        Pisces, I didn’t realize her ethnicity was what qualified her to be in the Olympics.

        • Pisces August 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

          Good point, Sherely.

  • MELISSA July 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

    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!!!

    • Sherley July 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Really? Walk all the way to the back of the bus, sit down & do not get up until sense comes into you. SMH

    • Pisces July 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      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. ;)

      • Pisces July 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        We African Americans have beautiful clear skin. That’s something “GOOD” that we always bring to the mix.

    • Pisces July 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      @ 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.

      • Pisces July 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

        “featuring her Olympic heroics”. Is what I meant to say.

        • Lisa August 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm

          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!!

          • Pisces August 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm

            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.

          • Pisces August 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

            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.

    • Connie1 July 31, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      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!

      • Trisha (the original one) July 31, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        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!” :)

  • Pisces July 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Beautiful! Good job! BCK is always letting our great young people SHINE! Wonderful!!

    • Sherley July 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Yes they do! This is why BCK is my fav blog site.

  • Ebony Starr July 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Great for her and the USA!!!

  • Motswana July 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

    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.

  • HoneyChild July 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

    This is amazing! I know her family is so proud of her.

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