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Page 10-Thursday, February 18, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Hard work pays dividends for

By CHUCK JAFFE
Micki King Hogue likes to do things
the hard way.
She came to Michigan as a diver in
1962 when there was no women's diving
team, lost an Olympic medal by a fluke
accident before winning the medal in
her second attempt, and was the first
woman ever to teach at the all-male Air
Force Academy. Now, as the Chief of
Public Affairs for the United States Air
Forces in Europe, Hogue is trying to
improve the role of amateur athletes in
sports politics.
"WHEN I RETIRED, I had time to
use my clout and name to change the
sport on the Olympic Advisory Coun-
cil," said Hogue, now an Air Force
major. "We've made it so that every
Olympic Committee, by law, must have
20 percent athlete participation."
But the struggle to help athletes gain

control of their sport is not the first
hardship that Hogue has undertaken.
When she enrolled at Michigan in 1962,
she joined a university that had no
women's athletic program.
"Michigan had the coach, and I
thought the coach was what I needed,"
the Pontiac native remembered. "I
never had the advantage of competing
every weekend. I practiced with the
men's team, but only competed twice a
year - during national competition.''
"THERE WERE ONLY a few places
a girl could go," said Michigan diving
coach Dick Kimball. "Her greatest
asset was her strength. She learned
how to be a great competitor, but she
came in here with great strength.
"She stayed and trained here for 10
years," Kimball continued. "She was
always a true Michigan supporter and
she really helped the team."

After spending 4. years training at
.Michigan, Hogue graduated in 1966,
having won a national championship in
1964. After going through officers
training in Texas, she returned to work
with Michigan's ROTC program and
train for the 1968 Olympics.

her last dive, was the same dive she did
with her broken arm in 1968.
"The Olympics can't be related to
anything," said Hogue, a member of
the International Swimming Hall of
Fame. "When Cincinnati loses the
Super Bowl they can win it the next
year, but if you blow the Olympic
Games, you come back in four years.
"ALL I COULD think about was
revenging that stupidity - that mental
error," she continued. "I wasn't sad
about losing,;I was fighting mad. When
you're an individual performer, you're
at fault, and when you look in the

mirror, you're looking at the reason you
lost. All I wanted was to. revenge the
stupidity of breaking my arm.
"1972 was a totally different story,"
Hogue added. "It was my second
Olympics, and so I was really there for
business, and I wasn't going to be awed
by it all. When I stood on that victory
stand, I couldn't believe I had pulled it
off. It was like a fairy tale. Some people
set goals they never achieve, but I had
gotten my goal."
Hogue's comeback story won her fans
across the country, but shortly after her

logue
return she had a tougher group to win
over: the cadets at the United States
Air Force Academy. 4
HOGUE JOINED THE academy's
staff in 1973, as the first woman instruce
tor at a school that had yet to accept
women.
"To tell you the truth, I had every
qualification, so I wasn't a token," said
Hogue, who joined the academy three
years before women were admitted..
"The thing that made it easy with the
students was the gold medal. With that
credential, I could break in with the'
respect.
"At first, everyone wanted to be in
my classes because it was a noveltyj
she continued. "But my goal was not t
be a novelty. I wanted them to respect
me as a teacher and instructor, and
they came to respect me for the right
reasons."
NOW STATIONED in West Germany,
Hogue aspires to return to the academy
soon as the women's athletic director.
"That's what I'd like to do now;
Hogue said. "I think that I can help
athletes through my experiences, and
help the women in the academy
especially."
If Hogue is named women's AD at the
United States Air Force Academy, it is
likely that she'll tackle her new respon-
sibilities with the same success and
methods she has put into the rest of her
career. For Micki King Hogue, it seems
that the right way is the hard way.

Openings for Teaching Assistants

THE OLYMPICS were both a place of
achievement and failure for Hogue. In
1968, she was leading the competition
when on the ninth of her ten divesta
mental error on the dive cost her the
competition. Hogue's left arm was
shattered when it struck the diving
board, and although she completed the
competition, she finished fourth.
Hogue competed again in the 1972
Olympics, and this time won the gold
medal. Included in her performance, as

'When I stood on that
victory stand, I couldn 't
believe I had pulled it off. It
was like a fairy tale. Some
people set goals .they never
achieve, but I had gotten my
goal. '
-Micki King Hogue,
Olympic gold medalist

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