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Black Athletes

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    Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas is best known as the first African American to win the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal for the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Her fans call her the flying squirrel
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    Vonetta Flowers - Flowers is an American bobsledder and won a gold medal in the two-woman bobsledding event, becoming the first black person to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics Vonetta Flowers - Flowers is an American bobsledder and won a gold medal in the two-woman bobsledding event, becoming the first black person to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. R
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    Cullen Jones - Jones, is seen celebrating after winning the men's 50 meter freestyle final at the 2006 ConocoPhillips National Championships and USA Team Trials. Since then this athlete has become one of the fastest freestyle sprinters in the US. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games he took home Gold and set a world record.
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    Lebron James nicknamed "King James", is one of the NBA's leading players, and the youngest player to win the Rookie of the Year Award, among several other distinctions. He led the Miami Heat to an NBA champion victory in 2012.
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    Kobe Bryant is an NBA athlete who's one of the leading players in career points, having earned multiple championship rings. He has also won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. basketball team.
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    Lisa Leslie was an All-Star basketball player, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA league MVP.
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    John Orozco - Olympic gymnast for the USA and the 2012 Visa National Champion.
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    Daryl Homer - American fencer Daryl Homer compete in the 2012 Olympics and is a two-time NCAA Champion for St. Johns University
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    Paige McPherson - McPherson, Olympic taekwondo competitor from the United States won bronze in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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    Dominique Dawes aka “Awesome Dawesome.” She came home with a bronze medal from the 1992 Olympics and two years later became the first gymnast since 1969 to make a clean sweep of everything gold at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championship.
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    John Carlos/Tommy Smith - At the 1968 Olympics, these two track stars raised black-gloved fists during the U.S. national anthem at their medal ceremony to protest, in part, the poverty and treatment of black people in America.
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    Tony Dungy - The first African-American coach to win the Super Bowl remains socially active and is out front on the causes of African-Americans, faith and family. One of the most beloved figures in sports because of his humility, class, honesty and lifestyle.
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    Usain Bolt - holds the world record for the 100 metres, the 200 metres and, along with his teammates, the 4x100 metres relay in the Olympics.
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    Joe Louis - One of boxing's greatest fighters, Louis is best remembered for losing and then coming back to defeat German Max Schmeling in 1938. Legendary sportswriter Jimmy Cannon once wrote that Louis was "a credit to his race - the human race."
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    Magic Johnson - Helped revive the NBA and make it as popular as it is today. More important, became one of the first openly HIV-positive celebrities/athletes and has since become a leading voice and contributor in HIV/AIDS prevention, safe sex and other social causes