Dianne Durham, first Black woman to win USA Gymnastics national championship, has died at 52
Dianne Durham, the first Black woman to win a United States Gymnastics national championship, died in Chicago at the age of 52 on Thursday. Dianne Durham, who as a teen became the first Black gymnast to win a USA Gymnastics national championship, died Thursday, February 4. Durham never reflected on the significance of being the first Black national champion. Durham continued to work in gymnastics throughout her life, eventually running her own gym, Skyline Gymnastics, in Chicago, USA Gymnastics reported. In 2017, Durham was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Region 5 gymnastics, the division of USA Gymnastics that covers parts of the Midwest.cbsnews.com
Durham, first Black US women's gymnastics champion, dies
Durham, the first Black woman to win a USA Gymnastics national championship, died on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, She was 52. (AP Photo/Lisa Genesen, File)Dianne Durham, the first Black woman to win a USA Gymnastics national championship, died Thursday in Chicago following a short illness, her husband said. Her victory in the all-around at the 1983 national championships as a teenager was the first by a Black woman in the organization's history. “People said, you’re the first Black — I’m using Black because African American wasn’t a term in my era — national champion. Her husband said he hopes USA Gymnastics will honor her by inducting her into the organization's Hall of Fame.
From the right: U.S. women's soccer team: victory and shame
American's loved our hockey team and our team loved America! I contrast that historic achievement with the recent accomplishment of our women's soccer team in their successful effort in winning the World Cup. Although our women's soccer team was not the tremendous underdog as was our 1980 hockey team our women's team performed on the field with the tenacity of our men on ice 39 years ago. The egotistical, gutter mouth "I" within the ranks of women's soccer team was their captain, Megan Rapinoe. What should have been a unifying and proud moment for Americans has been shamefully fractured by an egotistical, foul-mouthed U.S. soccer team captain.dailycommercial.com
On this day: August 3
1984: Mary Lou Retton wins a gold medal in the all-around gymnastics competition at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, becoming the first female gymnast from outside Eastern Europe to do so. She went on to win four additional medals in Los Angeles: silver in the team competition and the horse vault, and bronze in the floor exercise and uneven bars. Hide Caption