Diane Simpson-Bundy

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Diane Simpson in 2008

Diane Simpson (born April 7, 1969) in Evanston, Illinois) is an American athlete, an Olympian and an eight-time Rhythmic gymnastics national team member, and was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, Class of 2004.[1] She writes, produces and manages talent and events for clients and sponsors.

She qualified a spot for the United States into the 1988 Summer Olympics and 1992 Summer Olympic Games. She was inducted into the Evanston Township High School Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

Simpson won more than 20 international medals, three Olympic Festival titles, and 22 national titles – including winning all four event finals and the All-Around title at the 1988 U.S. National Championships in San Rafael, California. – during her career.[citation needed]

Competitive history[edit]

1985 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships[3]

1986 Goodwill Games

Finals

1986 Four Continents Championships competition

1987 Pan American Games

Won two gold medals and two silver medals at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1987.[4]

1987 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

1988 Four Continents Championships competition

1988 Summer Olympics Team

One of two rhythmic gymnasts on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team -- the third of seven American individual rhythmic gymnasts ever to qualify for the Olympic Games.

1989 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

Finals competitor

1990 Goodwill Games

1990 Four Continents Championships competition

1991 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

1991 Pan American Games

Won the bronze medal at the team event at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba.[4]

2004 United States Gymnastics Hall of Fame [1][4]

Business career[edit]

Education and work[edit]

Simpson graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a double major in journalism and political science [5] and worked as a media relations and events specialist at the College of American Pathologists. She was manager of athlete relations and communications at Chicago 2016 and a writer for the Chicago Sun-Times for 10 years.

She has worked News broadcasting in Chicago and with other national television news and radio stations, including WJWJ-TV in Beaufort, South Carolina, WBBM-TV, WMAQ-TV, WFLD-TV FOX 32, WMVP-AM 1000. She returned to writing news for CBS Channel 2 in 2015.

She has also served as Illinois press coordinator for Sen. John Kerry for President in 2004.[5]

Currently she works as media relations producer/writer and event project manager for clients.

Chicago 2016 Olympics bid[edit]

Simpson held the role of manager of athlete relations and communications for the Chicago bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics from 2006 to 2009. She accompanied about 20 Olympians and elite athletes—including Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Michael Johnson, Edwin Moses, Nastia Liukin, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Willie Banks, Dikembe Mutombo, David Robinson, Brandi Chastain and David Diaz—to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 2016 Olympic Games Host City announcement that took place Oct. 2, 2009.[6]

Post-Olympics career[edit]

Simpson is the president of the Midwest Chapter of U.S. Olympians and Paralympians,[3][7] the regional chapter of the U.S. Olympians Association.[8] Her term began in 2006 and she was re-elected in 2012. She also serves as secretary of the Female Athlete Triad Coalition, a 501(c)(3) global health advocacy collaboration.[9]

She is also happily living with her two children Alexis (17), and Jonathan (11.)

She has been certified as an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer.[5]

Media appearances[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Served as a Turner Sports commentator at the 1998 Goodwill Games.[5] Performer in "Best Years of Our Lives" music video for BaHa Men.

Perfomer in 1989 American Music Awards.

Magazines, newspapers[edit]

Appeared in Mademoiselle in 1989. The magazine ceased publication in 2001.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • U.S. Olympians & Paralympians Association—Midwest *[1]
  • Olympians for Olympians Relief Fund (OORF) *[2]
  • [3]
  • US Gymnastics Hall of Fame: *[4]
  • US Olympians Association *[5]
  • US Olympians Leadership Team 2009-2012 *[6]