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RAISING THE COLOR BAR OF THE 2016 OLYMPIC GYMNASTIC COMPETITION By Mark Hollis

mark hollisThe Summer Games of the 2016 Olympics is right around the corner. Teams of all sports will be formulated over the course of the next few months with participants bringing their “A” game to compete. One of the many sporting events is the gymnastic competition for both the women and men teams. The Olympic Trials for gymnastics will be divided in anticipating giving the men’s program a better chance to medal at the Games. With the men competing June 23-26th, in St. Louis, they will have added time to heal, recover, and prepare. The women will compete July 8-10th, in San Jose, and have proven to rebound faster physically than the guys. There’s a great deal of excitement surrounding the return of Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic All-Around Champion, to this year’s trials. Gabby, like Dominique Dawes, will bring a focus to African-Americans competing in gymnastics and this year we’ll find more competitors of color at the Olympic Trials.

The list of gymnast of color joining Team Gabby Douglas at the 2016 Olympic Trials includes the following:

 

Women:

Simone Biles: Her resume includes 3 straight World Title Championships, 3 U.S. National Titles, and medaled in 10 World Competition’s.

Aly Raisman: The 2012 Olympic Floor Champion.

Elizabeth Price: An alternate in 2012 will compete in the vault, bars, and the floor exercise.

Laurie Hernandez: The 2015 National Jr. Champion.

Men:

John Orozco: The National All-Around Champion, 3 time National Jr. Champion.

Donnell Whittenburg: A Bronze Medalist at the 2015 World Championship, Runner-up at the 2015 U.S. National Championship in the All-Around, listed as one of the Top 10 Male Gymnast 2016.

The gymnastic competition during the Olympic Games is one of the most highly anticipated events. The added diversity of the competitors will only impact the viewing audience here in the United States. I know I will be glued to the set rooting for Team USA. Bring it home Team Gabby!