The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are officially over, but we still have much to celebrate. This year in London, we saw African-American athletes not only shatter records, but also make Olympic history in sports that we’ve rarely been visible in.

Take boxer Claressa Shields, who made history by becoming the first American and the first woman to ever win a gold in the ring. Or Gabby Douglas, who became the first African-American gymnast to win gold in the women’s all-around final competition. From Serena and Venus Williams’ total dominance on the court to the adrenaline-inducing sprints of Sanya Richards-Ross, Allyson Felix and Carmelita Jeter, it was triumph all around for Team USA!  

ESSENCE takes a moment to salute the African-American athletes who participated in the London Games and showed us that gold, silver and bronze are the new Black.

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