Black Gymnasts in History: USA Gymnastics National Champions

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Recognizing the Black USA National Champions has revealed more interesting information. Some of the gymnasts that we featured before have numerous event titles. There are several who have one title but also had successful careers on the National Team and even won world titles as well.

Women’s All-Around Champions

Year Name Club Age Score
1983 Dianne Durham Karolyi’s Gymnastics 14 76.10
1994 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 17 78.00
2001 Tasha Schwikert GymCats 16 74.912
2002 Tasha Schwikert GymCats 17 75.550
2013 Simone Biles Bannon’s 16 120.450
2014 Simone Biles World Champions 17 122.550
2015 Simone Biles World Champions 18 124.100

 

Women’s Vault Champions

Year Name Club Age Score
1983 Dianne Durham Karolyi’s Gymnastics 15 19.525
1986 Joyce Wilborn North Stars Gymnastics 16 19.425
1993 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 16 9.581
1994 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 17 9.750
1996 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 19 9.800
2003 Annia Hatch Stars 24 9.650
2004 Annia Hatch Stars 25 9.625
2009 Kayla Williams Gym Nest 16 29.075
2014 Simone Biles World Champions 17 31.025
2015 Simone Biles World Champions 18 31.550

 

Women’s Uneven Bars Champions

Year Name Club Age Score
1992 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 15 9.812
1994 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 17 9.900
1995 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 18 9.912
1996 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 19 9.912
2002 Tasha Schwikert GymCats 17 9.450
2004 Tasha Schwikert GymCats 19 9.650
2012 Gabrielle Douglas Chow’s Gymnastics 16 31.300

 

Women’s Balance Beam Champions

Year Name Club Age Score
1983 Dianne Durham Karolyi’s Gymnastics 15 18.775
1986 Angie Denkins Will-Moor 17 18.850
1990 Betty Okino Karolyi’s Gymnastics 15 9.825
1993 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 16 9.687
1994 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 17 9.850
1996 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 19 9.862
2001 Tasha Schwikert GymCats 16 9.525
2015 Simone Biles World Champions 18 30.700

 

Women’s Floor Exercise Champions

Year Name Club Age Score
1983 Dianne Durham Karolyi’s Gymnastics 15 19.375
1993 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 14 9.912
1994 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 17 9.925
1995 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 18 9.900
1996 Dominique Dawes Hill’s Angels 19 9.900
2002 Tasha Schwikert GymCats 17 9.400
2003 Ashley Postell Capital 17 9.450
2010 Mattie Larson All Olympia 18 30.350
2014 Simone Biles World Champions 17 31.150

 

Men’s All-Around Champions

 Year Name Club Age Score
2012 John Orozco U.S.O.T.C. 19 184.850

 

Men’s Floor Exercise Champions

Year Name Club Age Score
1977 Ron Galimore Louisiana State University 18
1979 Ron Galimore Iowa State University 20 19.300
1980 Ron Galimore Iowa State University 21 19.550
1988 Charles Lakes California Sun 25 19.550
2009 Joshua Dixon Stanford University 20 31.000  

 

Men’s Still Rings Champions

Year Name Club Age Score
2015 Donnell Whittenburg Team Hilton/USOTC 20 32.000

 

Men’s Vault Champions

Year Name Club Age Score
1977 Ron Galimore Louisiana State University 18
1979 Ron Galimore Iowa State University 20 19.450
1980 Ron Galimore Iowa State University 21 19.500
1981 Ron Galimore Iowa State University 22 9.725
2005 Sean Golden Houston Gymnastics Academy 22 19.425
2007 Sean Golden Houston Gymnastics Academy 24 31.850
2014 Donnell Whittenburg USOTC 20 30.950

 

Men’s Parallel Bars Champions

Year Name Club Age Score
1992 Jair Lynch Stanford University 20 9.900
1993 Chainey Umphrey University of California-Los Angeles 23 9.525
1996 Jair Lynch Stanford University 24 9.762

 

Men’s Horizontal Bar Champions

Year Name Club Age Score
1983 Mario McCutcheon Southern Connecticut State University 25 19.575
1992 Jair Lynch Stanford University 20 9.925
2014 John Orozco USOTC 21 31.850

 

Rhythmic Gymnastics
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1990   Ingrid Knight (Cohee)

And then the lone Rhythmic National Event Champion! Ingrid Knight (Cohee).  I have known Ingrid for many years since when I was the coach at the United National International School. The photo of her is from those Nationals and includes Lori Fung, her coach, and the 1984 Olympic Champion, USA National Team Member, Charlene Edwards, my teammate from Detroit, and her Coach Magda.

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I was not able to go to the national Champs of T & T and Acrobatics – but will in the future!

Please take the time to watch the videos and links.

Angie Denkins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79yheuMQl0w
Mattie Larson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn80km0qaUo
Ashley Postell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmYdyclNEJA
Joyce Wilborn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mMvmELyKOs
Kayla Williams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx3p28f4zzU

Josh Dixon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq4osvNnRZ0
Sean Golden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VXA2ZvFok4
Mario McCutcheon: https://youtu.be/fSlEf2q7UQw?t=10m
John Orozco: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/48452973#48452973
Donnell Whittenburg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EugHELBpis

Wendy

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