Corinne and Taqiy made history by winning the women’s and men’s NCAA All-Around Championships, respectively. What a pleasure it is to recount their legacies!
I have known Corrine for some time. She has always been so gracious and, of course, what a great smile!
I always knew she was a great gymnast, and we always had such great respect for each other’s gymnastics. She has had a great career on the national team; in the NCAA as a University of Georgia Bulldog in the ’80s, and now in coaching.
Somewhere along the way Corinne found the time to go to law school, too!
Watch a video of Corinne on the floor exercise at the 1986 Olympic Festival.
Taqiy’s gymnastics and life story is very interesting; as he rose to the top of NCAA Men’s gymnastics, he maintained a commitment to his hometown community.
Taqiy comes from a long line of Oklahoma gymnastics greats. We congratulate his success and admire his continuing support of the sport through coaching.
Read more about Taqiy here: http://espn.go.com/espn/blackhistory2008/news/story?id=3229693
Watch a video of Taqiy performing on the pommel horse in 2005.
Corinne Wright and Taqiy Abdullah Simmons, we salute you for our Black Gymnastics in History project!