London Olympics 2012: theGrio's greatest Olympians (SLIDESHOW)

Every four years we watch the Olympics Games with excitement as America’s greatest athletes compete against their best international competitors for a chance to bring home the gold. This year’s games are no different, as we watched members of team USA like gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmer Michael Phelps dominate their respective fields.  Members of team USA have made history time and time again, just one week into the 2012 games in London.  Here is a look at some of the greatest black Olympians of all time, who made both their country and their race proud while competing in the global spotlight.