MN Daily Salute: Black Female Athletes

February 18, 2013 ‐ By

In honor of Black History Month, MadameNoire is sending a daily salute to the African American women who inspire us every day of the year. Today we’re recognizing the black women athletes who make us proud everywhere from the tennis courts to the track, the balance beams, and the swimming pool.

"Venus Williams PF"

Source: WENN

Venus and Serena Williams

Venus and Serena Williams took the tennis world by storm when the two brown girls from Compton with braid and beads showed up on the courts and dominated their opponents. Venus has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association on three separate occasions, and when she was named so in 2002 for the first time, she became the first African American woman to achieve be given then title during the Open Era. Venus is also a four-time Olympic gold medalist and as of February 2013, is ranked number 22 in the world in singles.

Like her big sister, Serena has also ranked up a number of World No. 1 rankings — five to be exact since July 2002.  Serena is the only female player to have won over $40 million in prize money and she is regardedas one of the greatest tennis players of all time, having won 30 Grand Slam  titles and four Olympic Gold medals.

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  • Weedras

    Jeter wasn’t the 100 meter winner at the 2012 olympics she was a silver medalist, she won gold in the 4×100 relay…

  • EspressoBean

    Where’s Claressa Shields, the 17-year-old winner of the first Olympic gold for women’s boxing? Tamika Catchings, who won her first WNBA championship? or Ginger Howard and Cheyenne Woods, two young Black female golf pros? I feel like this article was written by someone who really isn’t all that into sports. Lolo Jones hasn’t bought anything home. Dominique Dawes has long been retired. We ALL know Venus & Serena. It seems that a salute on a blog would go a little deeper than who’s in the mainstream headlines.

  • nena

    Earnestine Shephard should be on this list. She is a fabulous 75 year old body builder. She puts young women to shame. She does not use steroids and she is absolutely stunning. I hope to look like her.

  • I have no more respect for athletes. Posing naked for espn magazine, using steroids, & other crazy stuff.

  • nikki

    Lolo Jones is a LOSER that never won any olympics medals or world championship.why is lolo on the list she isnt black ? lol is biracial the white world wouldnt call her white so why black people call bi racials black. only the black race own these mix breed people. if they are mixed with asian asians dont claim them. only black put these people on a pedestal. lolo didnt win any olympics or world medals so why are we talking about a loser??? dawn harper should have made the list but i take it she is too dark. dawn won olympic medals but fail to make this list. lolo jones is a loser that blacks feel they should claim because she is mixed. i dont even think she wants to be labelled black.

    • Ann

      Preach Nikki. I agree 1000% . Kellie Harper (I think Kellie is her name. She is a HBCU grad Hampton) should have made the list. Also Francine McCrory another HBCU grad, I think Hampton as well should have made it as well. You are right, Lolo Jones was a winer during the race because she didn’t win a metal. Lolo, you have to work harder and stop being a winer.

    • Nope

      I agree that LoLo hasn’t won anything, though she is still a world class athlete and most will never even compete in the Olympics. And you’re biracial argument is weak. If LoLo came home with gold I bet she’d be Black then and all over the cover of Jet and Ebony. If Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys didn’t win, we wouldn’t claim them either.