Black Gymnasts in History 2018: Black U.S. Olympians

To make the Olympic Team is the ultimate goal for a gymnast. What a pleasure to feature these incredible athletes who reached the pinnacle of sport!



Going back to 1968, there are 13 African Americans who made the USA Gymnastics Olympic Team:

James Kanati Allen (1968)
Luci Collins (1980)

Ron Galimore (1980)
Charles Lakes (1988)
Betty Okino (1992)
Dominique Dawes (1992, 1996, 2000)
Jair Lynch (1992, 1996)
Chainey Umphrey (1996)
Tasha Schwikert (2000, 2004-alt.)
Annia Hatch (2004)
Gabby Douglas (2012, 2016)
John Orozco (2012)
Simone Biles (2016)

There were a total of 17 Olympic Medals won:

Simone Biles (5) 4 Gold, 1 Bronze
Dominique Dawes (4) 1 Gold, 3 Bronze
Gabby Douglas (3) 3 Gold
Annia Hatch (2) 2 Silver
Betty Okino (1) 1 Bronze
Jair Lynch (1) 1 Silver
Tasha Schwikert (1) 1 Bronze

We are so proud and honored to feature these groundbreaking and inspirational Olympians for our Black Gymnasts in History project.


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