Simone Biles and 12 Other Trailblazing Black Gymnasts to Know

Talk about Black girl magic! Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has taken the gymnastics world by storm over the last few years with her high-flying flips and energetic routines. Finishing up her time at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Simone is taking home a whopping five medals—four gold and one bronze—making her the first gymnast since 1984 to win that many gold medals in a single Olympics. But, it's no surprise that she's killing it, because Black women have been slaying the sport since the beginning of time. Here's a look at a few other inspirational Black women who helped change the face of gymnastics.

ESSENCE.COM Aug, 17, 2016
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[MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] The difference is unmistakable. This is a great cast. Two whip back to a double twist and she's not done yet. Three back hand springs here to a double back. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] [UNKNOWN] [MUSIC] Born in Uganda, moved to Romania, lived with her grandmother. That is not a very good performance. [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] took to a reverse [INAUDIBLE]. This is what it takes. Streamlined [INAUDIBLE]. [MUSIC] It needs to be perfect. Double tuck. Whoa! [MUSIC] The bigger she has to fit her body. At her hips, much more than the other gymnasts. [APPLAUSE] Very close. Her sister played volleyball. Her two brothers play football. The entire family is involved in track. Wow. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]