Olympian Lia Neal is a Normal 17-Year Old (With a Bronze Medal)

Lia Neal

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what college I’m going to! I don’t know what I want to major in.

EBONY: Well, what would you tell young boys and girls who want to follow in your footsteps?

LN: Well, if anyone wants to start taking lessons or join a swim team or just find a pool to swim for fun, they can visit swimtoday.org and that ties into with Swim Brooklyn, which is an extension of Make a Splash.

EBONY: Did it ever cross your mind about being a rarity in being an African American woman on the Olympic swim team?

LN: I didn’t really start thinking about that until people started saying things about it.

EBONY: That’s kind of how it works, especially for your generation. You probably don’t even think about that you’re just like, but in the bigger scheme of things, it’s a big deal. I think it’s a good thing that it doesn’t cross your mind so much because you probably don’t feel pressure. But you’re going to go so far and do bigger and better things and make the world proud. We’re so happy for you.

LN: Thank you so much!