Black Gymnasts in History: Charles Lakes

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Today we feature Charles Lakes – an Artist and a Gymnast.

Charlie Lakes was an elegant gymnast.  I think because he was also an artist in other areas, it showed up in his gymnastics as well.

I worked for NBC in Seoul so I was able to to see him in action at the Olympics.  Afterwards, we performed in several gymnastics exhibitions.

Although I have not seen Charlie in many years, it was a thrill to see his videos and review his profile.

We are pleased to highlight Charlie Lakes for our Black Gymnasts in History project.

Read all about the highlights of Charles’s career here:

Watch a video clip of Charles competing on the high bar at the 1988 Olympics:

Here, a profile piece from the 1988 Olympics:


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