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Black athletes have played a big role in Team USA's success

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic history is full of Black heroes, pioneers and trailblazers. Without their stories, the story of Team USA is incomplete. Here is a closer look at some of the Black athletes and coaches and their stories that are featured in the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

LeRoy Walker

LeRoy Walker was the first Black American to coach a U.S. Olympic Team, guiding the men’s track and field team to six gold medals in the Montreal 1976 Olympics.

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Teresa Edwards

One of the great shooters of her generation, Teresa Edwards played in five Olympic Games and led the U.S. women’s basketball team to four gold medals.

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Wilma Rudolph

Despite being told she would never walk again, Wilma Rudolph won three track and field gold medals at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games.

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