Firsts

There always has to be a first to pave the way for others. USA Gymnastics has had some amazing firsts. Scroll down to see some of our trailblazers.

1984 Men’s Olympic Team

First U.S. Olympic team gold medal

1984

1996 Women’s Olympic Team

First U.S. women's Olympic team gold medal

1996

2003 U.S. Women’s World Team

First USA team gold medal at Worlds

2003

Arthur Davis & Shenea Booth

First U.S. acrobatic gymnasts to win World mixed pairs gold medal

2002

Bart Conner

First U.S. man to win individual event Olympic gold medal

1984

Cathy Rigby

First World medal

1970

Dominique Dawes

First USA medalist in three Olympics

1992, 1996 & 2000

Julianne McNamara

First U.S. woman event gold medal at Olympics

1984

Kim Zmeskal

First U.S. Worlds all-around champion

1991

Marcia Frederick

First women’s World gold medal

1978

Mary Lou Retton

First U.S. woman all-around gold medal at Olympics

1984

Peter Vidmar

First U.S. man to win two gold medals at Olympics

1984

Rusty Mitchell

Competes in USGF competition despite AAU threat to disqualify

Early 1960s

Trent Dimas

First U.S. Olympic gold medal at non-boycotted games

1992