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17-year-old Brooklyn native Lia Neal isn't spending her summer vacation lying around in front of the TV. Instead, she's in London, participating in her very first Olympic games. As one leg of the US Women's 4x100 Meter freestyle relay team, she helped swim her way to a bronze medal over the weekend. And she did it in true American style: by rocking this patriotic nail art. She tweeted this picture of her hand (against the backdrop of the Olympic village, natch) with the caption "Yayayay ready for tomorrow!" the day before the race.
Lia is only the second African-American female swimmer to make it to the Olympics. And she just got an honor that any Brooklynite would cherish: a Twitter shoutout from Spike Lee.
· Olympic Swimmer Neal Built Her Olympic Dreams in Brooklyn [NYT]
· Lia Neal [Twitter]