Tennis Star Serena Williams' Crip Walk After Historic Win Causes Controversy; Other Athletes Who Dance After Victorious Win [PHOTOS]
On Sunday, tennis legend Serena Williams made history not only as the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam, but also as the first woman to do the crip walk after a historic win.
Serena Williams won her first singles gold medal by crushing Russia's Maria Sharapova in two sets and only 63 minutes, with a score of 6-0, 6-1.
"I honestly don't think I have ever played better from start to finish," Serena Williams said after her win, according to The New York Times.
After she celebrated with a scream, she did an impromptu dance on the grass called the crip walk, which originated in the 1970s in the Compton suburb of Los Angeles by Crip gang members. The dance may be seen as fitting since Compton is William's hometown.
Though the dance was brief, it was not without controversy. Fox News claimed that Williams dance was "a stupid and insensitive celebration that dampened the crowning moment."
"I didn't know what else to do. I was so happy and next thing I know I started dancing and moving. I didn't plan it. It just happened," Williams later said to a reporter after the win, according to Fox News.
While William's dance was critiqued negatively by some, this does not overshadow her amazing accomplishments in the world of tennis. Williams not only won a gold medal in her singles match on Sunday, but also already earned doubles gold alongside her sister, Venus Williams at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and again in London on Sunday.
Serena Williams joins German Steffi Graf, who won 22 grand slams, and gold in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Williams herself has won 14 grand slam singles championships.
Serena Williams is not the first athlete to celebrate a victory by dancing. Check out these other world-class athletes who show their dance skills after a win.