- Wendy Hilliard: The women's Olympic gymnastics team, which includes two African-American and one Latina woman, is inspiring
- She says it points to need for more accessible and affordable gymnastics training for girls of color in urban areas
Wendy Hilliard is the first black person to compete for the US in rhythmic gymnastics. She was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2008, is a former president of the Women's Sports Foundation and coached rhythmic gymnast Aliane Baquerot for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She is founder of the Wendy Hilliard Foundation, based in Harlem, New York, which offers low-cost and free gymnastics training for girls.