We are deeply saddened to share the passing of gymnastics icon Dianne Durham on February 4. Dianne dominated the 1983 national championships, capturing the all-around title en route to four gold medals (balance beam, floor exercise and vault) and a silver (uneven bars). In doing so, she became the first Black gymnast to hold the title of U.S. all-around champion.
Following her competitive career, Dianne remained active in gymnastics as a judge and coach, operating Skyline Gymnastics in Chicago, Ill., for many years. In 2017, she was inducted into the Region 5 Hall of Fame.
“We are heartbroken to learn of Dianne’s passing,” said USA Gymnastics CEO Li Li Leung. “As an icon and trailblazer in our sport, Dianne opened doors for generations of gymnasts who came after her, and her legacy carries on each day in gyms across the country. Our thoughts are with her friends and family during this difficult time.”
Information about Dianne’s memorial service has not yet been made available.