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Brooklyn Represent! 17-Year-Old Fort Greene Swimmer Going for Gold in London

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Olympian Lia Neal with her parents.

I’ve only lived in Brooklyn for a little over a year, but I can still swell with borough pride for 17-year-old Lia Neal, who joins Team USA as a member of the 400m freestyle relay team. Lia is both African-American and Asian-American, and she is the second woman of African-American descent to swim for the U.S. in the Olympics. Lia trained at Manhattan’s Asphalt Green, and she’s very proud to be one of only a handful of Brooklyn Olympians. Here’s her story in her own words, as filmed by Jay-Z’s site Life and Times:


Photo via Lia Neal’s official website. You can follow Lia on Twitter at twitter.com/lianeal. (Alicia Keys does.)

Related: Meet Sarah Robles, the plus-sized Olympian who is calling for large women and girls to be accepted.

Meet the 9 amazing moms who are going to London this summer as Olympians!

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