Black Gymnasts in History 2018: Winners of the U.S. Classic

Every year, the U.S. Classic precedes the National Championships, and during an Olympic year, it’s especially significant. Since the competition’s start in 1983, won by Dianne Durham, seven black gymnasts have won the title of U.S. Classic champion. Please take the time to watch these ladies in action!

Dianne Durham, 1983

Dominique Dawes, 1993

Tasha Schwikert, 2001

Annia Hatch, 2002

Olivia Courtney, 2009

Mattie Larson, 2010

Simone Biles, 2014 & 2015

We are proud to salute our Black Gymnasts who have won the U.S. Classic!

Wendy

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Black Gymnasts in History 2018: American Cup Winners

Winning the annual American Cup is a big deal. Since the competition’s debut in 1976, six black gymnasts have won the coveted title of American Cup champion. Please take the time to watch the winners’ performances!

Betty Okino, 1991

Dominique Dawes, 1994

Tasha Schwikert, 2002

Elizabeth Price, 2014

Simone Biles, 2015

Gabby Douglas, 2016

We are proud to salute our Black Gymnasts who have won the American Cup!

Wendy

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Black Gymnasts in History 2018: Simone Biles

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Simone Biles. Her name stands on its own.

Our reigning Olympic champion is back in training for the 2020 Olympics and (should we be surprised?) already has all of her Olympic skills back.

Biles penned a bestselling autobiography in late 2016 and, tomorrow, we get to relive her incredible journey to the 2016 Olympics with the premiere of her Lifetime biopic. Watch the trailer below!

Black Gymnasts in History: Simone Biles

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Simone Biles

Simone!!!

What more can you say—just one of the best gymnasts in history.

Initially, we were not going to feature Simone because she is still competing—but she has already made her mark on the sport and she was part of the inspiration for this project.

No matter what happens moving forward, what Simone Biles has achieved will stand the test of time and has made everyone so proud.

As part of our month-long Black Gymnasts in History project, we are proud to salute the most successful female World Champion Gymnast EVER, Simone Biles!

Read a recent feature on Simone by The New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/13/sports/olympics/simone-biles-gymnast-rio-olympics.html?_r=0

See Simone in action—her third consecutive world all-around title-winning floor exercise routine at the 2015 World Championships: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKZprJD-4eI

Wendy

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