It is such a feat to reach Olympian-status in the sport of gymnastics — it is truly the pinnacle of the sport. What’s remarkable is that three Black Gymnasts have not only earned that honor more than once (Dominique Dawes 3x in 1992, 1996 and 2000; Jair Lynch 2x in 1992 and 1996; and Gabby Douglas 2x in 2012 and 2016), they’ve also all won individual medals. Dominique won a bronze on the floor exercise in 1996; Jair won a silver on parallel bars in 1996; and Gabby won a gold in the all-around in 2012.
Please take the time to read these athletes’ individual profiles (click the links above) and enjoy some videos of their performances at multiple Olympics!
Jair Lynch at the 1992 Olympics
Dominique Dawes at the 1992 Olympics
Jair Lynch at the 1996 Olympics
Dominique Dawes at the 1996 Olympics
Dominique Dawes at the 2000 Olympics
Gabby Douglas at the 2012 Olympics
Gabby Douglas at the 2016 Olympics