Dianne Durham was the first Black American All-Around Women’s Gymnastics Senior National Champion in 1983.
She was one of Mary Lou Retton’s strongest competitors in 1984 but was injured during Olympic trials.
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The President of the United States Gymnastics Federation starting 1983 was Mike Jacki who’s recently made controversial statements online including that there is “no racism in sport“.
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The good news is that Alabama is taking action after former gymnast Tia Kiaku revealed allegations against the program Tuesday.
In a statement Wednesday, Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne confirmed a Title IX investigation was conducted after Kiaku accused assistant coach Bill Lorenz …
No specific apology to Tia, so far, but that might be one eventual result of the investigation.
Here’s Coach Dana Duckworth’s statement.
Today Alexis is a student at the prestigious Royal Veterinary College in London.
But in 2017 she began taking a knee during the national anthem prior to competitions as a symbolic protest of police brutality against black and brown bodies.
Though some athletes and organizations praised her courage, Alexis recalls now the disapproval of coaches and teammates, and harassment from fans. In 2017 she was overall outstanding female athlete of the year in all sports at UC Davis.
The only black athlete on her team.
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The Chancellor made a personal support of the protests.
I’ve seen dozens of messages from gymnasts, clubs, organizations and Federations. All wanting to be part of change for the better.
Here’s one from the University of Utah.
Some organizations are blacked out today in support of protesters.
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Amy Nyman has appealed the suspension and an arbitrator is scheduled to hear her appeal over three days beginning June 29.
Nyman, the New Heights owner and head coach, ordered gymnasts to do so many repeat rope climbs that the insides of their legs bled and their arms were too sore to continue training, according to the documents.
When a New Heights gymnast said she was afraid to attempt a balance beam skill during a 2016 camp the team was attending in Pennsylvania, Nyman ridiculed the girl in front of her teammates, then made her do a series of sprints up a hill and 1,000 push-ups, according the SafeSport documents. …
Confidential documents detail case against wife of former USA Gymnastics sports medicine and science director
In appreciation of LGBTQ Pride Month, June in the USA, I’m linking to an entertaining interview on the Half In, Half Out LGBTQ+ Podcast.
Listen to out Canadian gymnast Ella Douglas who was Co-Captain of the MSU team in 2020, her Senior year.
Ella was totally accepted by her team after announcing her girlfriend. Coaches, friends, everyone.
Ella will be a volunteer coach with MSU next year now that she’s graduated.
Of course there have been other Lesbian WAG gymnasts in College Gymnastics. And some have been open with that to friends and teammates while still competing.
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A review of some past controversies.
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Some Gyms are considering ultraviolet light sanitizing wands for disinfecting Bars, Beams, etc.
At this point, I’d not recommend the technology.
UV-C works well for purifying liquids. And it’s been used for making food safer for over 50 years.
UV-C light probably kills the new COVID-19 virus IF the light is strong enough, direct enough, and long enough. As I post, however, that’s not yet been scientifically proven.
It did work on MERS and SARS.
But light wands work best on flat, hard surfaces.
UV-C light is dangerous for humans, as well. UV light can cause cancer. Damage eyes. It’s difficult to protect yourself while waving a wand.
NY is testing whether using powerful ultraviolet lamps can disinfect subways and buses. In future there might be a way to turn on UV-C lights at night in the Gym to help sanitize.
Companies are working on new ways to disinfect hard surfaces with UV-C light waves. Robots, for example.
Hospitals and airlines are using the technology. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
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