As we celebrate the beginning of the Games of the XXX Olympiad, let us recognize the blasians representing Team USA in London this summer.
CONGRATS TO LIA, KYLA, & PAIGE – Blasian Olympic medalists for Team USA!
|Lia with her parents, Siu & Rome|
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lia’s father, Jerome, is African American, and her mother, Siu, is from Hong Kong. At age 17, she is the 2nd woman of African descent to make the US Olympic swim team.
Lia competed in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She won the bronze medal on Saturday, July 28, with Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, and Allison Schmitt, behind Australia and the Netherlands. The team finished with a total time of 3:34:24, an American record.
To learn more about Olympic medalist, Lia Neal, go to her official website.
|Kyla with her parents, Kiana & Jason|
Kyla was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i and currently lives in Aliso Viejo, California. Her father, Jason, is Japanese and Black, and her mother, Kiana, is of Filipino and Puerto Rican descent. Her look reflects the multi-racialism of Hawaii. “We call it the quadruple effect,” says her father.
Kyla earned the 2nd-highest score on the uneven bars at the 2012 Olympic trials. Nicknamed “Mighty Mouse,” Ross, 15, is the youngest person on Team USA’s gymnastics roster. According to the Olympic format, each team selects 3 gymnasts for each of the 4 apparatuses in the final – balance beam, uneven bars, vault, and floor. Kyla performed on the beam and the uneven bars. On Tuesday, July 31, the US women captured the gold medal with an overall score of 183.596.
To learn more about Olympic medalist, Kyla Ross, go to her official website.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
A native of Sturgis, South Dakota, Paige currently resides in Miami, Florida. Born in Abilene, Texas, she was adopted when she was just 4 days old. Her parents also adopted children from South Korea and Saint Lucia. Paige is half Filipino and half African American (with a little Spanish and Japanese on her Asian side), and she likes to call herself “Blasian”.
Paige is looking forward to her first Olympics after defeating 2004 silver medalist Nia Abdallah to earn a spot on the 2012 roster. Nicknamed “McFierce”, she is the youngest member of the US national team, having just graduated high school in January 2009.
Since turning 18, Paige has sought to connect with her biological roots. She has an older brother, who she has already met. She also has a half-brother and a half-sister, and she has spoken to her biological mother. Paige plans to meet all of them after the Olympics.
Paige represented the USA in the 67 kg women’s taekwondo event. In the preliminary round, Paige secured a surprise defeat over Sarah Stevenson of Team Great Britain, 5-1. She went on to win a bronze medal by defeating Franka Anić of Slovenia 8-3.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
* New America Media, “Asian American Athletes Represent U.S. at 2012 Olympics“, July 25, 2012.
* Mas TaeKwonDo, “Paige McPherson hopes to bring home a gold medal“, July 25, 2012.
* The Epoch Times, “Lia Neal, Olympic Star Rising from Brooklyn“, July 5, 2012.
* The Madeleine Brand Show, “SoCal gymnast Kyla Ross brings poise, nerves of steel to London Olympics“, July 11, 2012.