When I remember seeing Chainey Umphrey compete in gymnastics, I remember thinking he was strong, solid and calm.
Calm is an unusual description of an athlete but that is what comes to mind. It was always known that Chainey also wanted to be a doctor, and so it is not a surprise to learn of his success in the medical field.
When Chainey came to visit the WHGF’s free summer program, he also performed to the delight of the kids and the crowd. He was so gracious and inspiring, and made quite a powerful lasting impression.
Please take the time to read this profile: http://nmshof.com/chainey-umphrey/
For Black Gymnasts in History we salute Olympian and doctor Chainey Umphrey.
Watch a video of Chainey performing on floor at the 1996 Olympic Trials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkVnIX2KnZg