Black Olympic Athletes Reveal What Brings Them Joy, and It’s Not Always a Gold Medal


All of February, we have been honoring Black History Month with stories about Black joy and highlighting the resilience of people who continuously find the light that so many try to extinguish. When it comes to celebrating the joy of professional athletes, many people assume the happiest moments are the ones after a big win, crossing the finish line in first place, or breaking a world record.

And while all of these achievements are worthy of celebration, athletes also find happiness in the everyday: laughing with family and friends, practicing faith, and spending time at home. POPSUGAR spoke to athletes ready to represent Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics this summer who all revealed what brings them joy, both in their professional and personal lives. Scroll through to read their inspiring answers, and get ready to watch them compete in the Tokyo Olympics from July 23-Aug. 8.

To learn more about all the Olympic hopefuls, visit Watch the Tokyo Olympics this summer on NBC.

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