10. Betty Okino
Betty Okino was born in Uganda 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. In 1992 the American team won the Bronze Medal and Betty, along with Dominique Dawes, made history by becoming became the first African American females to win Olympic gymnastics medals. After 12 years of gymnastics, Betty retired to pursue her other dream, acting. Gymnastics gave Betty tenacity, perseverance and inner strength, launching her into the Hollywood Spotlight.
Today, the Olympic Bronze medalist is lighting up the small screen and again winning the hearts of new fans, in such hit shows as The District (2000), starring opposite Craig T. Nelson, along with starring roles on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch(1996), the WB’s Moesha (1996), Alive from Off Center (1984), MTV’s Undressed (1999), and a series regular on the Disney Channel’s original sports series, Z Games (1999), Cousin Skeeter (1998), The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986), Good Morning America (1975) and American Gladiators (1989).