08/12/2012 12:09 pm ET Updated Aug 12, 2012

The 30 Greatest African American Athletes of All Time

The US is poised to take home over 100 medals, with more than 45 golds at this year's Olympic games. As always, black athletes have contributed tremendously to our country's effort. That got us thinking about the history of the black athlete in America.

After much discussion and debate, we've decided to create a list of the 30 greatest African-American athletes of all time. Some of the legends on our list made it solely because of their athletic prowess. Some may not have been all-time greats in their respective sport -- but made the list because they broke down barriers, paving the way for future black athletes to follow. And still, some made the list based on a combination of greatness in their sport of choice and the phenomenal work they did off of the field.

Check out our list and feel free to add to it. If you feel like we rated someone too high or too low - let us know.



The 30 Greatest African American Athletes of All Time