Video: Swimmer Lia Neal Readies to Rep Brooklyn In 2012 Olympics

07.25.2012

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The U.S. Swim Team has a rich history at the Olympic Games, amassing nearly 500 medals since 1896. 17-year-old Brooklyn native Lia Neal is now a member of that elite group, having qualified in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Half African-American and half Asian-American, Lia is just the second African-American female swimmer to make the Olympics and joins only a handful of Asian-American women to have accomplished such a feat. A product of Manhattan’s Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics swim team, Lia is a source of pride for many, and here, Life + Times takes a quick glimpse into her journey to London and beyond.

Follow Lia and her Olympic experience via @LiaNeal |#SwimBrooklyn.

All archival footage and photography provided by The Neal Family.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N4V4XKVGRJILOMUTQIZVLNWDAQ Clarence

    INSPIRATIONAL!!!! GOOSEBUMPS!!!!! LIA!!! BK!!!! USA! USA! USA!!!!1

  • Anonymous

    Girl gonna be swimming in the $$ soon enough

  • Arvin Sark

    Does anyone know when her race is?

  • Anonymous

    Swim game King Tut!! BK stand up! #GOFORGOLD

  • http://twitter.com/cat45 cat45

    Congratulations to a wonderful young lady and family. Swim fast Lia!!!

  • http://twitter.com/cat45 cat45

    By the way, I know Maritza very well. She and my daughter swam for Georgia. Ask Kara Lynn about Neka. :)

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