Team USA showed up in Brazil ready to perform at their highest level while ignoring potentially unnerving distractions that included well-founded fears surrounding the Zika virus, polluted water, Russian doping and even exaggerations of street crime in the host city of Rio de Janeiro.
In the end, American athletes racked up 121 medals — far more than any other country including perennial contenders like China and Mexico — reaching America’s highest medal tally since the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles when they finished the games with 174.
Most impressive, was the showing made by women and Blacks, particularly in track and field, gymnastics, boxing, swimming and basketball.
Young Black boys and girls were rewarded with new role models, in the pool, on gymnastic apparatuses, on the hardwood court and in the ring. Perhaps, with today’s athletes leading the way, they will muster the courage to go after their dreams – even in sports rarely associated with Blacks or other minorities.
Who says America doesn’t win anymore?