As the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea, it may be a little difficult to pick who to cheer for. Many of us know nothing about winter sports, and even less about the competitors. However, one thing reigns true regardless of what the event may be: we're rooting for everybody black.
Meet 20 black athletes from across the globe who are competing in this year's winter Olympics. We are well represented and going for the gold.
1. Aja Evans - Bobsled, Team USA
2. Elana Meyers Taylor - Bobsled, Team USA
3. Hakeem Abdul-Saboor - Bobsled, Team USA
4. Chris Kinney - Bobsled, Team USA
5. Jordan Greenway - Men's Ice Hockey, Team USA
Jordan Greenway, a junior forward at Boston University, became the first African-American named to the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team when the final roster was announced last week. Greenway is set to break a 98-year-old color barrier that lasted 23 Olympic cycles. #usahockeyteam #usahockey #winterolympics #jordangreenway #pyeongchang2018
6. Erin Jackson - Speedskating, Team USA
7. Shani Davis - Speedskating, Team USA
8. Maame Biney - Speedskating, Team USA
9. Kimani Griffin - Speedskating, Team USA
10. Shannon-Ogbani Abeda - Slalom, giant slalom and alpine skiing, Eritrea
11. Sabrina Wanjiku Simader - Alpine skiing, Kenya
12. Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian - Bobsled, Jamaica
13. Carrie Russell - Bobsled, Jamaica
14. Akwasi Frimpong - Skeleton Skating, Ghana
15. Audra Segree - Bobsled, Jamaica
16. Seun Adigun - Bobsled, Nigeria
17. Ngozi Onwumere - Bobsled, Nigeria
18. Akuoma Omeoga - Bobsled, Nigeria
19. Lauren Gibbs - Bobsled, Team USA
20. Simidele Adeagbo - Skeleton Skating, Nigeria
Best of luck to everyone competing. We're rooting for you!
The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off Friday, February 9 on NBC. You can find the complete schedule here.