The year? 1991. The gymnast? Betty Okino. She was known for SLAYING on the balance beam and uneven bars and she came to mind to me today as I thought about the excellence of young Simone Biles, or our two time gold medal winner Gabrielle Douglas. Or her predecessor, Dominique Dawes.
Well Betty Okino, two years older than Dawes, was in Barcelona with Dawes when the U.S team took the bronze in 1992. I was almost 13 and mesmerized by these two Black girls doing their thing in Spain. <3
A mutual follow just tweeted me this video of Okino at the 1991 Worlds EF. Watch her at 0:47 doing a triple turn, which no gymnast even tried before her.
*not getting emotional* *memory lane* *I have allergies* *sniff*
First Lady Michelle Obama and Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes will be a part of the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London! As an Olympics lover (who really doesn’t sleep for those couple of weeks), Michelle Obama fan and Dominique Dawes fan, I can’t wait to see them there.
For more on the other members of the Delegation, click here.