Black Gymnasts in History 2018: Multi-Year Olympians


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

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Black Gymnasts in History 2018: Gabby Douglas

screen-shot-2017-02-25-at-5-13-27-pmGabby!!

There is something about great athletes when everyone knows them by their first name!

The top prize in Women’s Gymnastics is the All-Around Olympic Gold Medal. The Olympics is just its own event, and nothing matches the anticipation, pressure, intensity and drama.

I was fortunate to be able to attend this event at the 2012 Games thanks to my friend, Shane Geraghty, who gave me his ticket! He saw in my eyes that I just had to see this live. It was as dramatic and edge-of-the-seat thrilling as any sport event I have ever seen.

Adding to the Olympic Gold was her all-around silver medal at the 2015 World Championships and her performance at the 2016 Olympics, where she helped the “Final Five” win a team gold medal. Wow wow wow! It is so RARE for an Olympic Champion to come back to a World Championships and another Olympic Games like Gabby did.

The impact of her win along with her comeback resonates strongly. She opened the door wide open and has inspired so many to the possibility of greatness.

Today for Black Gymnasts in History we salute 2012 Olympic Champion Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas.

Watch Gabby in action during her silver-medal-winning performance at the 2015 Worlds.

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Black Gymnasts in History 2018: Worlds Medalists

 

Earning a medal at the Worlds Championships is no easy feat in the various disciplines of gymnastics. Today we honor the 12 athletes who have taken home some hardware at worlds competitions. Enjoy videos featuring these athletes at the top of their game!

Simone Biles (14)
2013 All-Around Gold & Floor Exercise Gold & Vault Silver & Balance Beam Bronze; 2014 Team Gold & All-Around Gold & Balance Beam Gold & Floor Exercise Gold & Vault Silver, 2015 Team Gold & All-Around Gold & Balance Beam Gold & Floor Exercise Gold & Vault Bronze
Dickie Bivins (2)
1980 Team Gold & Platform Tumbling Bronze & Power Tumbling Bronze
Shenea Booth (2)
2002 Sports Acro Mixed Pair Gold, 2004 Sports Acro Mixed Pair Gold
Dominique Dawes (4)
1993 Balance Beam Silver & Uneven Bars Silver, 1994 Team Silver, 1996 Balance Beam Bronze

Gabby Douglas (3)

2011 Team Gold & 2015 Team Gold & All-Around Silver
Annia Hatch (1)
1996 Vault Bronze
Rayshine Harris (6)
1993 Platform Tumbling Silver
1994 Team Gold & Power Tumbling Silver
1995 Power Tumbling Silver
1996 Team Gold
1996 World Champion – Tumbling

Mattie Larson (1)
2010 Team Silver
Edward Meadows (2)
1982 Power Tumbling Bronze
1980 Team Gold – Tumbling
Ashley Miles (1)
2001 Team Bronze

Alexandra Nicholson (2)
1972 Trampoline Gold, 1974 Trampoline Gold
Betty Okino (3)
1991 Team Silver & Balance Beam Bronze, 1992 Uneven Bars Silver
John Orozco (3)
2011 Team Bronze, 2013 Parallel Bars Bronze, 2014 Team Bronze
Ashley Postell (1)
2002 Balance Beam Gold
Tasha Schwikert (2)
2001 Team Bronze, 2003 Team Gold
Rashaan Sampson (3)
1990 Team Gold – Tumbling
1994 Team Gold – Tumbling
1996 Team Gold – Tumbling
Roger Walker (1)
1996 Team Gold – Tumbling

Donnell Whittenburg (2)
2014 Team Bronze, 2015 Vault Bronze
Aaron Wilkins (3)
1988 Team Gold – Tumbling
1990 Team Gold – Tumbling & Power Tumbling Bronze