Meet The Black Women Who Are Taking Over The Tokyo Olympics


Black Women are taking over sports this year. With Black women dominating in sports like tennis, swim, track & field, and gymnastics, more Black female athletes have started to gain more attention and recognition from the media, sports fans, and the Black community.

With this year’s Olympics taking place in Tokyo, many Black women in sports have secured their spot in representing team USA. More so now than ever, have shown interest in supporting Black female competitors. Representation in sports is especially important for Black women, as they are less represented than other demographics and deal with discrimination in sports. Black female athletes like Serena Williams and Florence „Flo-Jo“ Jayne have opened doors for other Black women to pursue sports. As we near the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, here are five Black women on our radar that are competing this year.

Sha’Carri Richardson

Sha’Carri Richardson has been killing it on and off the track lately. The track star is now the fastest woman in America, running a record-breaking 10.86 seconds in the 100-meter race. Within the past week, the athlete has gained over 1.3 million followers on Instagram and has been in multiple national headlines this week. Richardson secured her spot on Team USA at this year’s Olympics after competing and winning the 100-meter race at the U.S. Track and Field trials, which took place on Saturday. Sporting long nails and eyelashes, and fiery orange hair on the track, Richardson shows that you can look cute and still win the race. „I just want the world to know that I’m that girl … and every time I step on the track I’m going to try to do what it is that me, my coach, my support team believe I can do and the talent that God blessed me to have. … I’m never going to take an opportunity to perform in vain,“ Richardson told NBC. As of June 2021, Sha’Carri is no longer eligible to compete in the 2021 Olympics due to testing positive for Marijuana.

Simone Biles

After an astronomical performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Biles returns to the balance beam for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The 24-year-old Gymnast has won seven national championships, 19 world titles, and five Olympic medals, with four out of five being gold medals. Not only has Biles broken just about every record possible, but the athlete has also created multiple moves that have never been done before, with four moves named after her. Almost five years after the 2016 Olympics, Biles has managed to break records and still be one of the best gymnasts in the world.

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka is another athlete that has gained a lot of national press this year. Just recently, the tennis star announced that she would not be competing at Wimbledon, but will still perform at the Tokyo Olympics. Earlier this year, Osaka was announced to be a brand ambassador for the luxury fashion brand, Louis Vuitton. Osaka first made major headlines in 2018, after beating Serena Williams for the Grand Slam title. Since then, the athlete has become a star both on and off the court, with headlines in major news outlets and ambassadorships.

A’ja Wilson

Basketball star and South Carolina native, A’ja Wilson is heading to Tokyo this year to compete in the 2021 Olympics. The University of South Carolina Graduate is a legend on the court, with her very own statue at her alma mater. The 24-year-old athlete now plays in the WNBA for the Las Vegas Aces.

Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel is another athlete who has caught the eye of sports fans this past week. The Swimmer qualified for this year’s Olympics, just days after being diagnosed with overtraining syndrome. Manuel competed at the 2016 summer Olympics, where she was crowned the first Black woman to win an individual swimming gold medal.

Ashleigh Johnson

Ashleigh Johnson is a goalkeeper in water polo. The athlete is returning to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after competing in the 2016 Olympics and becoming the first Black woman to make the U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo team.

Naya Tapper

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill graduate is representing the U.S. Women’s Rugby Team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. This will be the South Carolina native’s first time competing in the Olympics. In 2018, the athlete won fourth place at the Rugby World Cup Sevens and is coming for a gold medal at this year’s Olympics.


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