Off Mic: Celebrating athletics in the Region as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games wind down

Aug 6, 2021

Dianne Durham, the first Black woman to win a USA Gymnastics national championship, in 1983. She found herself the top-ranked female gymnast in the country and a front-runner for the coming 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
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Today on Off Mic with guest host Michael Gonzalez: We’re celebrating athletics as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games wind down. We’ll hear about the late, great Dianne Durham, of Gary, the first African-American Senior National Gymnastics Champion and how she paved the way for many of the superstar athletes we see today. Along with the 2020 Olympics, 2021 has become the year of seeing sports psychology in action. What does it mean and what should we make of it? Gary has a long history in professional and amateur boxing. We’ll talk with one of the Steel City’s boxing world champions, “Merciless” Mary McGee. And, if the Olympic Games inspire you to do more, you’re not alone. We’ll talk about how the international sports celebration inspires our local athletes, especially in running and karate, one of the new sports to the Olympics. All of this coming up on Off Mic.