Elizabeth-Anne "Betty" Okino
Gymnast: 'Betty' Okino
Elizabeth-Anne Okino, also known as
'Betty' Okino was born in Uganda , Africa to
a Romanian mother and a Ugandan father.
She decided to become a gymnast after seeing Mary
Lou Retton's performance in the 1984 Olympics.
Betty left home at very young age to follow her dream.
Her grandmother demonstrated
unrelenting support for Betty's talent.
She learned how to drive at the age of 70 to
transport Betty back and forth to the gym.
Betty became one the most elegant and skillful
gymnast creating a move that bears her name,
the 'Okino', a triple pirouette on the beam.
In 1992 Betty made history by becoming
the first person of any part-Black lineage
to win the Olympic Bronze Medal.
After 12 years of gymnastics,
Betty retired to pursue
her other dream, acting.
Gymnastics gave Betty tenacity,
perseverance and inner strength to
launch into the Hollywood Spotlight.
Betty continues to demonstrate the same competitive
spirit and talent that won her the Bronze Medal.
1990 U.S. National Championships:
Silver Medalist (AA), Gold Medalist (Beam)
and Event Finalist (5th Bars, 4th Floor)
1991 World Championships:
Silver Medalist (Team), Bronze Medalist (Beam) and 4th AA
1991 American Cup:
Champion and Gold Medalist (AA, Vault, Bars)
1992 World Championships:
Silver Medalist (Bars) and Event Finalist (8th Beam)
Bronze Medalist (Team) and Event Finalist (6th Beam)