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Haiti Makes Buoyant History At Rio Olympics

We’ve already seen our fair share of history-making female Olympic athletes as of late: Simone Manuel, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Monica Puig. However, it looks like another name is set to be added to the record books. On Friday (Aug. 12), Naomy Grand’Pierre, a college student at the University Of Chicago made history as the first woman swimmer from Haiti to compete in the Olympics.

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Grand’Pierre commenced her historic feat by partaking in the women’s 50-meter women’s freestyle, where she took 2nd place in heat 5. Keen on parlaying her historic success in the pool into something philanthropic, Grand’Pierre is aiming to increase awareness of the lack of access to swimming pools for many African American children across the country. To cap off a historic week of triumphs, the Haitian-bred Olympian posted a optimistic tweet last Friday as an ode to her accomplishments. See Grand’Pierre’s buoyant tweet below.

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