Team USA Ready for Rio, part two

(l-r) Colton Brown will compete in Judo, Ashleigh Johnson will compete in Water Polo, and Paige McPherson will compete in Taekwondo.

(l-r) Colton Brown will compete in Judo, Ashleigh Johnson will compete in Water Polo, and Paige McPherson will compete in Taekwondo (photos: Team USA).

This summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 555 highly skilled athletes will represent the USA in the quadrennial summer Olympic games. Among them, 129 athletes are black (or mixed race with some noted African and/or African American ancestry).

Roll Call of African American (or mixed race/biracial) athletes on Team USA by sport: Basketball – 19 of 24 members, male and female; Boxing – four of eight; Fencing – five of 14; Gymnastics – three of 18; Judo – one of six; Rugby – two of 24; Soccer – two of 18; Swimming – two of 47; Taekwando – one of four; Tennis – four of 12; Track and Field – 75 of 129 total, 35 females and 40 males; Volleyball – three of 32; Water Polo – one of 26; Wrestling – two of 14; and Weight Lifting – two of four.

Below is a list of the African American (or mixed race/biracial) athletes who will compete in Rio:

Selected members of Team USA Track and Field (75 of 129)
Morolake Akinosun
Nia Ali
Ronnie Ash
Whitney Ashley
Tavis Bailey
Tianna Bartoletta
Chris Benard
Boris Berian
Gwen Berry
Hillary Bor
Tori Bowie
Marvin Bracy
Trayvon Bromell
Amber Campbell
Michelle Carter
Kristi Castlin
Paul Chelimo
Will Claye
Kerron Clement
Kyle Clemons
Christian Coleman
Vashti Cunningham
Janay DeLoach
Ashton Eaton
Taylor Ellis-Watson
Christina Epps
Allyson Felix
Phyllis Francis
English Gardner
Justin Gatlin
Tyson Gay
Arman Hall
Marielle Hall
Mike Hartfield
Natasha Hastings
Jeffrey Henderson
Darrell Hill
Charles Jock
Felisha Johnson
Kibwe Johnson
Meb Keflezighi
Shadrack Kipchirchir
Leonard Korir
Erik Kynard
Bernard Lagat
Jarrion Lawson
Chaunté Lowe
Francena McCorory
Inika McPherson
Tony McQuay
Hassan Mead
Miranda Melville
LaShawn Merritt
Dalilah Muhammad
Barbara Nwaba
Courtney Okolo
Keturah Orji
Jeff Porter
Brittney Reese
Gil Roberts
Ricky Robertson
Byron Robinson
Mike Rodgers
Brianna Rollins
Raven Saunders
Ashley Spencer
Deajah Stevens
Jeremy Taiwo
Christian Taylor
Michael Tinsley
David Verburg
Ariana Washington
Ameer Webb
Chrishuna Williams
Kendell Williams
Ajeé Wilson

Selected Team USA members not in Track and Field
Basketball (19)
Carmelo Anthony
Seimone Augustus
Harrison Barnes
Jimmy Butler
Tamika Catchings
Tina Charles
DeMarcus Cousins
DeMar DeRozan
Kevin Durant
Sylvia Fowles
Paul George
Draymond Green
Brittney Griner
Kyrie Irving
DeAndre Jordan
Kyle Lowry
Maya Moore
Angel McCoughtry
Klay Thompson

Boxing (4)
Charles Conwell
Gary Russell
Claressa Shields
Shakur Stevenson

Fencing (5)
Miles Chamley-Watson
Daryl Homer
Ibtihaj Muhammad
Nzingha Prescod
Jason Pryor

Gymnastics (3)
Simone Biles
Gabby Douglas
Kiana Eide

Judo (1)
Colton Brown

Rugby (5)
Perry Baker
Bui Baravilala
Andrew Durutalo
Victoria Folayan
Carlin Isles

Soccer (2)
Crystal Dunn
Mallory Pugh

Swimming (2)
Simone Manuel
Lia Neal

Taekwondo (1)
Paige McPherson

Tennis (4)
Madison Keys
Sloane Stephens
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Volleyball (3)
Rachael Adams
Foluke Akinradewo
Alisha Glass

Water Polo (1)
Ashleigh Johnson

Weightlifting (2)
Jenny Arthur
Kendrick Farris

Wrestling (2)
Jordan Burroughs
J’den Cox