In 1978, Wendy Hilliard became the first black woman to earn a spot on the US national rhythmic gymnastics team. Hilliard served as team captain for two years, and following her retirement in 1998 spent four years as team coach. From 1995 to 1997, Hilliard served as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the first black woman to hold the position.
Shoutout to Ashton Locklear of the United States for being the first Native American woman to bring home gold medals (uneven bars and team) from an international gymnastics competition. In addition to her success at the Pan-American Games, 16 year old Lumbee Tribe member was also a member of USA’s gold-winning World Championship Team.