First Black Gymnast on the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team

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In honor of Women’s History Month, host Rekaya Gibson highlights Luci Collins (Cummings), an American gymnast from Inglewood, California. In 1980, She became the first Black gymnast to qualify for the United States women’s Olympic team. That same year, the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Olympics. Collins, an African American of Creole heritage, did not get to compete. #KeepItSporty

Sources:

Ford, B.D. and Roenigk, A. (2020, July 18). How Dianne Durham, Bela Karolyi's first national champion, paved the way for Black gymnasts. ESPN.

https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/29469312/how-dianne-durham-bela-karolyi-first-national-champion-paved-way-black-gymnasts

Hersh, P. (2016, February 29). Simone Biles and gabby Douglas are latest and greatest heroes in a storied history of African American gymnasts. TeamUSA.org.

https://www.teamusa.org/News/2016/February/29/Simone-Biles-And-Gabby-Douglas-Are-Latest-In-A-Storied-History-Of-African-American-Gymnasts

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, February 12). Luci Collins. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Luci_Collins&oldid=1006329970

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