MCC alumna plays a major role in this summer’s Olympics in Rio

MCC Chancellor Mark James with MCC Alumnae Terin Humphrey and KSHB's Joel Nichols
MCC Chancellor Mark James (from left) with MCC alumna Terin Humphrey and KSHB’s Joel Nichols showing off Humphrey’s Olympics medals

It has been more than 10 years since Terin Humphrey earned her Olympic medals, but she will play a major role in this summer’s Olympic Games for Team USA.

The two-silver-medals winner from the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, is on the selection committee for the women’s gymnastics team. She was elected to serve as the athletes’ representative on the three-member panel.

“I’m part of USA Gymnastics and I have been since 2009. I will be until 2019,” Humphrey says.

“It is a different kind of stress. Instead of being out there in the morning or being a coach and watching your kids compete, it is kind of the stress that the whole world is watching you and depending on you to pick these great teams. In 2012 we did, we picked a gold winning team, and I am very proud of those athletes. I’m really looking forward to the 2016 Rio Olympics.”

Humphrey won one medal along with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team in 2004 and the other for her solo performance on the uneven bars.

“I was lucky enough to be one of those six. I think now I understand that it wasn’t just for me, it was for the entire country. I am more appreciative of the experience now and I am very proud of myself and the team and what we accomplished. It’s just a dream come true and I’m actually getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. That definitely brings back a lot of memories of hard work and sacrifices from my family.”

After the Olympics, Humphrey attended MCC.  She was a cadet in the MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute police program.  She enrolled after earning an undergraduate degree in Alabama.

“I went to the University of Alabama. I got a full-ride scholarship and I majored in criminal justice and minored in psychology, but still at that point I had no idea what I wanted to do,” she says.

“I kind of wanted to do forensics. So when I moved back I worked at a forensics lab for six months. I was sitting at a desk all day looking in a microscope. It wasn’t what I expected and I wanted to help people more directly.”

Her older brother, a police officer and also an MCC alumnus, encouraged Humphrey to enroll here.

“I was a little nervous going in there, but I ended up beating everyone physically, on the push-ups, sit-ups and the running. In preparation for the physical test, I tried to train as I was training for the Olympics. I didn’t tell the other students in my class until after the physical test that I won in the Olympic games.”

She spent 4 1/2 years as a police officer, but she’s now back in the gym coaching gymnastics and waiting for the summer Olympics.

“41 Action News” covered Humphrey’s role in the Summer Olympics. Watch the story here:

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