There are two things that unite the world and provide a level field: Music and the Olympics. As divided as the world seems over economics, infrastructure, politics and the like, it’s always refreshing when the Olympic Games comes around. It’s a display of culture, lifestyle and most importantly unity among the world.
Although highly competitive, we see each country display their unique talents while showcasing their culture to the world.
This year’s Olympic Games were no different and what was more noteworthy is the fact that a lot of athletes were either in interracial relationships or a product of an interracial relationship.
Check out the list of 26 Multiracial Olympians below to confirm:
1. Kayla Ross
Kayla Ross, who won a gold medal with the “Fierce Five” U.S. women’s gymnastics team, has Japanese, African American, Filipino and Puerto Rican heritage. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
2. Lolo Jones
U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones is of French, African-American, Native American and Norwegian descent. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
3. Carmelo Anthony
U.S. basketball star Carmelo Anthony was born to a Puerto Rican father and an African American mother. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
U.S. swimming star Natalie Coughlin was born in Vallejo, California, and is of Irish and one quarter Filipino heritage. (Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE)
5. Jessica Ennis
British golden girl Jessica Ennis’ father is from Jamaica and her mother is English. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)
U.S. swimmer and gold-medalist Nathan Adrian is of Chinese and European American descent. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
7. Sarah Attar
Saudi Arabian runner Sarah Attar shares both Saudi and European American heritage. (AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE)
8. Koji Murofushi
Japan’s Koji Murofushi won a bronze medal during the men’s hammer throw final. He is of Japanese/Romanian descent. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)
9. Clarissa Chun
U.S. wrestler and bronze-medalist Clarissa Chun is of Chinese/Japanese descent. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)
10. Marcel Nguyen
Silver medal-winning gymnast Marcel Nguyen of Germany has Vietnamese and German heritage. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)
11. Tony Parker
NBA superstar Tony Parker plays for the French national basketball team and has African-American and Dutch heritage. (REUTERS/Sergio Perez)
12. Lia Neal
U.S. freestyle swimmer Lia Neal is of African American/Chinese descent.
13. Carlos Delfino
Argentinian basketball player Carlos Delfino is of Argentine/Italian descent. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
14. Andrew Osagie
British 800m runner Andrew Osagie shares both English and Nigerian heritage. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)
15. Elizabeth Cambage
Australian basketball star Elizabeth Cambage is of European Australian and Nigerian descent. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
16. Feliz Sanchez
Gold medal-winning hurdler Felix Sanchez of Dominican Republic has both Spanish and African-Dominican heritage. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
17. Lindsay Berg
Lindsay Berg of the U.S. volleyball team shares Hawaiian-Chinese-Portuguese and Lithuanian heritage. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
18. Alexander Massialas
American fencer Alexander Massialas is of Greek / Chinese descent. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
19. Anthony Ervin
U.S. freestyle swimmer Anthony Ervin has African American, American Indian and Jewish heritage. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
20. Diana Taurasi
U.S. basketball player Diana Taurasi is of Argentine/Italian descent. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
21. Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.
U.S. track and field athlete Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. is of an American track and field athlete is of Guyanese and Caucasian descent. He won a bronze medal in the 1500 meters at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.
22. Melissa Wu
Australian diver Melissa Paige Wu is of Chinese and Australian descent. She won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
23. Aston Eaton
U.S. decathlete Ashton James Eaton is of African American and Caucasian American ancestry. He holds the world record in both the decathlon and heptathlon events.
24. Lee Kiefer
U.S. fencer Lee Kiefer is of Filipino and Caucasian American descent. She shared a bronze in Women’s foil at the 2011 World Fencing Championships.
25. Johnny Akinyemi
British-born Olympic Canoe Slalom Athlete is of British and Nigerian descent. He’s the first ever Olympian to compete in the Canoe Slalom.
26. Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Dutch freestyle Olympic gold medal swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo is of Javanese Surinamese and Dutch ancestry. She also swims in backstroke and butterfly events.
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