Andra Day’s Favourite: “Magnificent Seven” Vaults to Historic Gold | My Olympic Moment

Andra Day’s Favourite: “Magnificent Seven” Vaults to Historic Gold | My Olympic Moment


The summer Olympics
in Atlanta, 1996, I like to call them the summer
Atlympics, was amazing. What I remember
about the Olympics is the Magnificent Seven, the women’s gymnastic team. They represented me
in so many ways. Dominique Dawes being the first
black woman in gymnastics to medal in the Olympics
was amazing for me to see someone who
looked like me doing that. I did kind of feel
like I was there. I’m Andra Day,
and this is my Olympic Moment. It’s an exciting time
for everyone. The whole world is watching
so everyone’s TVs are on, everyone’s talking
about the Olympics, what’s going on, you know,
the medals people are winning. I think, although different
countries are competing in different sports, there is such a unity
about the Olympics. We all come together and
we all get to celebrate sports. It’s unity for, you know,
America and other countries. But I think globally
as well, too, it’s exciting. We’re all just passionate about
the sports and it’s amazing. What I remember about
the Olympics in Atlanta is the Magnificent Seven, the women’s gymnastic team
of 1996. I just remember
those women were so powerful. For me, particularly,
Dominique Dawes, Dominique Moceanu
and Kerri Strug. They won the first gold medal
in women’s Olympics for America, which was amazing. For Dominique Dawes,
she was the first black woman in women’s gymnastics
to get a medal, period. Just such a proud moment
to see her standing up there cos I always remember
looking at her, like, that girl, she looks like me. You know, she kind of
represents me. I was a dancer for a long time,
so gymnastics was, like, the closest thing to
that in the Olympics for me, so it was really exciting. And Kerri Strug, I remember
specifically, too, because she overcame some of
the most amazing obstacles. I don’t think anyone
will ever forget. Kerri Strug,
on her first vault, when she came
to stick the landing, she sort of fumbled and she
actually sprained her ankle. You can do it. You can do it. I think what I remember
specifically about that is she hit the first pose and
she still turned on one foot and hit the second pose before
falling to the ground. Kerri Strug is hurt. She is hurt badly. But she still
stuck her landing. That is amazing, people. I remember seeing their coach
carry Kerri off the mat after she sprained her ankle and she kind of had
tears in her eyes but everyone was cheering. I remember thinking, their
coach really loves them. That was just such
a, like, triumphant moment. Tumbling and all of that,
you practise that in dance but it was never something
that I could really do. They inspired me so much
and I was committed to learning how to tumble
and do a back flip. And I was actually
able to achieve it. I can’t do it now,
so don’t ask, all right. But that whole team, for me
as a kid, was so exciting. They inspired me a lot. I’m Andra Day, and this
is my Olympic moment.

7 Replies to “Andra Day’s Favourite: “Magnificent Seven” Vaults to Historic Gold | My Olympic Moment”

  1. So the olympic supports racism now.

    Yeah, I LIKED THE 1996 BCS OF THE WHITE PEOPLE THAT WAS COMPETING. LOVED IT!!

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