Latifah Muhammad
neal

Brooklyn Teen Lands Spot On Summer Olympics Swim Team [VIDEO]

 

When it comes to sports (and music, for that matter) Brooklyn has lots to cheer about. The thoroughest borough is home to the newly minted Brooklyn Nets, and now they can count swimmer Lia Neal as a hometown sports hero. The 17-year-old will carry the torch for the  BK at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, after finishing fourth in the 100-meter freestyle finals Saturday (June 30). The feat earned Neal a spot on the women’s 400 freestyle relay team with a time of 54.33, placing her behind 25-year-old, Jessica Hardy.

“I feel Lia is blessed,” said her mother, Sui Neal, who is of Chinese-American descent. The Fort Greene native is the youngest of four, and fluent in English and Cantonese. Over the last six years, she has also studied Mandarin and began taking swim lessons at the young age of six. “I was hoping she would have gotten to the top four. She seemed kind of nervous, but she wanted it bad. She wanted to do well and earn her spot. I just thank God for it.”

Given her bi-racial background, her father, Jerome, sees his daughter as representative for both cultures. “It’s a strong sense of pride to know that she represents both her heritages of African-American and Chinese descent. It was surely exhilarating and a wonderful, wonderful feeling of joy and achievement for her. I felt very happy for her to make this triumph in her life.”

The summer Olympics begin July 27.



MORE ON HIP-HOP WIRED!

Kanye West Buys Kim Kardashian A $34,000 Gift [PHOTOS]

IL Clan del Wu Book Captures Images Of Wu-Tang Clan’s 2010 Reunion [PHOTOS]

Former Three 6 Mafia Member Crunchy Black Shot In Las Vegas [PHOTOS]

Maybach Music Group Celebrates After 2012 BET Awards [PHOTOS]

Chris Brown Gets A New Tattoo Of A Wolf On His Neck [PHOTOS]

The Meaning Of The 5%: A Look At The Nation Of Gods And Earths

Wired 25: The 25 Best 2 Chainz Guest Appearances [LISTEN]

7 Black Musicians Who Died of AIDS [PHOTOS]

Photo: YouTube

Comment Comments: 0 Tags Tags: brooklyn, london, summer olympics, lia neal Views Views: 0
No thanks