Michelle R. Martinelli
Two-time Olympian Cullen Jones knows a little bit about making history at the Games—and also about being a trailblazing African-American swimmer in an overwhelmingly white sport.
In a thrilling Thursday night race in Rio, Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming gold medal in Olympic history.
Katie Ledecky is on the verge of making history by winning Rio Olympics gold in the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle races. The only woman to ever have done it previously is rooting for her.
The 1,500-meter freestyle is featured at the World Championships and other major swim meets. But for women, it won't be part of the Rio Games.
More than half of Team USA's 555-athlete roster for the Rio Games is female, the most women to ever represent a single country in the Olympics. Here are five faces to know.