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Educating and training our staff and members on the new Safe Sport Policy, where I am pleased to report that our staff is percent safe sport compliant. We realize many of you have questions about the financial situation, sponsors, pending litigation, National Team Training Center and others.
We are constantly looking at how we are positioned to address the goals and needs of the organization. As we talk about fundamental change, this includes looking at our structure, our programs, our staff, our gymnastics community and other important factors.
While we continue to evaluate the organization from top to bottom to fit the needs and mission of the organization, we understand the financial implications of doing that without impacting quality. We are very mindful of the quality of our programs, and it is not our intent to affect the ability of our athletes to train and compete at the highest level.
We are confident that we will have and enlist the financial support necessary to make appropriate changes for building a culture of empowerment. We believe our partners will be highly engaged and supportive, and we look forward to working closely with them. We understand that litigation can be full of uncertainty, but the leadership of USA Gymnastics seeks resolution and healing for all of our athletes and will move forward to build a culture of empowerment together.
Member services continues to develop educational and training materials that help support the member club owners in all areas with emphasis on athlete safety. The safe sport team is working side-by-side with our educational team to develop materials that are age-appropriate and tailored to the different audiences to include athletes, club owners, coaches, instructors, judges, staff and parents.
They are creating a club tool kit that incorporates safe sport education and other types of resources aimed at providing additional support.
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The Regional and National Congresses, along with other initiatives, provide further educational and informational opportunities for clubs and all professional members. National Team Training Center. We envision an all-inclusive training site with world-class facilities that provides a positive training environment for athletes in all of our disciplines. This is an opportunity not only to build a state-of-the-art facility, but also, most importantly, to provide the highest quality of care to meet the needs of our gymnasts.
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Athlete safety will be at the forefront when designing and building the facility and its programs and amenities. The public address announcer at the trials alerted the crowd to what the African-American gymnast known as the Flying Squirrel was up to.
In that crowd was 5-year-old Mya Jones, who also is African-American. Two months later, after she had watched on television as Douglas become the first black gymnast to win an individual Olympic gold medal, in the coveted all-around and another gold in the team eventMya Jones was back at the HP Pavilion to watch the post-Olympic gymnastics tour show.
When it was over, she had a chance to go backstage and meet the gymnasts. Douglas kneeled to talk with her and then posed with Mya and a friend for a picture. One, Simone Biles, 18, became the first black world all-around champion in and has now won an unprecedented three straight world all-around titles. The other, Douglas, 20, finished second to Biles in the world all-around last season, ending her two-year hiatus from the sport with a flourish.
They both contributed to the team gold medal.
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The world championships play only to gymnastics fans, a relatively limited audience. Given that plus their ability and likeability, think of what that will mean if both Biles and Douglas win a passel of medals or both finish on the all-around podium, neither of which is a stretch.
So the history of African-American Olympians in gymnastics is still relatively short and recent, but its chapters already are full of memorable athletes. But they never had the chance to gain similar acclaim at the summer Games and be widely seen as a barrier breaker the way she was.
Galimore and Luci Collins Cummings are officially recognized as the first black U.
Unfortunately, their team was the one that never competed, because the United States boycotted the summer Olympics in Moscow at the request of President Jimmy Carter to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Galimore, whose father, Willie, was an NFL running back for seven seasons, is believed to be the first black gymnast to win a national title.
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Ron Galimore, who qualified for the Olympic team, is credited with being the first black U. So the boycott deprived Galimore of not only of a chance to compete but also a strong chance to win what would have been the first Olympic medal — or medals — by a black gymnast.
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It still is shocking to me how many people watch the Olympics. I want to believe I still encouraged a lot of young people to get involved. But that Olympics would have done quite a bit to attract new sets of eyes to our sport. But Allen had mixed race parents who both were part black, according to his brother, Ramon Eric Allen, former police chief of Compton, California.