Gymnastics USA – “explosion of diversity”

Team USA:

Penny said his federation does not chart participation demographically, but his intuition and that of federation Chief Operating Officer Ron Galimore from watching events at all age levels since the 2012 Olympics suggests an “explosion of diversity.”

Such a change has been slow coming to the elite level of a sport where public tumbling programs, often free or very inexpensive, give way to private clubs for top-level training, which is costly. …

Simone Biles And Gabby Douglas Are Latest And Greatest Heroes In A Storied History Of African-American Gymnasts

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 29:   Simone Biles of USA and Gabrielle Douglas of USA celebrate after the All-Around Final on day seven of the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at The SSE Hydro on October 29, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 29: Simone Biles of USA and Gabrielle Douglas of USA celebrate after the All-Around Final on day seven of the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at The SSE Hydro on October 29, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

via David Holcomb

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The Under Armour gymnastics commercial featuring an all white team: We know Aly, Gabby and Simone can’t do the commercial because they are signed to other contracts! We are talking about the lack of diversity! Gymnastics isn’t dominated by white girls!

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3 thoughts on “Gymnastics USA – “explosion of diversity””

  1. AA are 12% of the population. One in eight. So a team with no black girls is not statistically unusual.

    Perhaps you are too conditioned from watching the NFL where there is inverse “diversity”. For example, not a single white cornerback in the entire league..

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  2. That they’re calling three Olympians — Dawes, Orozco and Douglas — and two World team members, Biles and Whittenburg, an “explosion of diversity” with USAG’s only, to date, African American executive (Galimore) seems pretty … Well, pathetic.

    You could stretch it back and add Olympians Charlie Lakes (’88) and Chainey Umphrey (’96), along with Dianne Durham, which is generally regarded as the first top-level U.S. women’s team member of color, though she never made a World or Olympic squad. But we’re still talking REALLY small numbers overall, and I’ve honestly just named all of them at this point without running out of fingers to count on. Sad.

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