Lia Neal, Olympic Star Rising from Brooklyn | New York City | United States | Epoch Times

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Brooklyn native Lia Neal is a 17-year-old swimmer who is competing in the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.

Rome said, “It was inevitable” for her to go to the Olympics. “She’s been breaking records—the only record left for her to break is at the Olympics.”

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Lia Neal (African American/Chinese) [American]

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Lia Neal (African American/Chinese) [American]

 

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Asian American Lia Neal makes USA swim team | Asiance Magazine

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“Lia Neal came in fourth in the 100-meter freestyle finals. Her finish gave her a spot on the 400 freestyle relay team.

Neal, whose father is African-American, and mother is Chinese-American, became the second African-American woman to represent U.S. swimming in the Olympics. The first was Maritza Correia, who was a member of the silver-medal-winning 400-meter freestyle relay team at the 2004 Athens Games.

Neal, who lives in Brooklyn, started taking swimming lessons with friends when she was 6. She showed promise, and a swim mom recommended when she was 8 that she try out for a swim team.”

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