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Black bobsledders achieve major Olympic milestone in PyeongChang

Bobsledders Mariama Jamanka, Elana Meyers Taylor, Lauren Gibbs and Phylicia George make the podium in 2018, marking the first time in the Winter Olympics that Black athletes won gold, silver and bronze in the same event.

On Feb. 21, 2018, as Germany, the United States and Canada finished first, second and third in women’s bobsled, four Black athletes achieved a major milestone in Winter Olympic history.

It was the first time that Black athletes won gold, silver, and bronze medals in the same event at the Winter Games.

Check out the video above from PyeongChang to watch bobsledders Mariama Jamanka (Germany), Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs (U.S.), and Phylicia George (Canada) in this memorable moment.

Jamanka and partner Lisa Buckwitz finished seven hundredths of a second ahead of Meyers Taylor and Gibbs, combining times from four runs.

Kaillie Humphries and George were .44 back. Humphries, who has two Olympic golds and a bronze for Canada, switched to compete for the U.S. in 2019.

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