Chicago hosts the 1959 Pan American Games. The organizing committee had appointed Paul Fina as director of competition for gymnastics, with the Amateur Athletic Union overseeing the competition. Friction between the organizing committee staff and the AAU emerges during the conduct of the competition. At the conclusion of the Games, the Pan Am Games Organizing [...]
Discussion about the challenges with the Amateur Athletic Association and the Olympic Gymnastics Committee is included on the agenda of the National Association of Gymnastics Coaches (eventually known as the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches). The coaches in attendance pass a resolution expressing dissatisfaction with the gymnastics leadership of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), [...]
National Association of Gymnastics Coaches President Harold Frey sends a letter to Wilbur Johns, who is chairman of a National Collegiate Athletic Association sub-committee designated to work with the Amateur Athletic Union regarding new federations for track and field and basketball. Johns responds with suggestions for gymnastics to follow a similar path.
At its Spring meeting+F8, the members of the National Association of Gymnastics Coaches (NAGC) pass another resolution, this time addressing the gymnastics leadership of both the Amateur Athletic Union and the U.S. Olympic Committee and asking for the removal of George Gulack as chairperson of the Gymnastics Committee. The vote is 38-2. Eugene Wettstone is [...]
The National Collegiate Athletic Association hosts a meeting in Chicago with representatives from the Amateur Athletic Union, basketball, gymnastics and others to discuss a compromise in administering amateur sports. The NCAA listened to the perspective of the gymnastics coaches, who held parallel meetings to discuss the situation and explore the possibility of forming a new [...]
The National Collegiate Athletic Association selected six coaches (Jake Geier, Chet Phillips, Charles Pond, Lyle Welser, Gene Wettstone and Harold Frey) to serve on the Olympic Committee for Gymnastics. The six meet with the six members from the Amateur Athletic Union and the Armed Forces representative to select the committee’s chairman for the next four [...]
At the NCAA Committee on Olympic-AAU Relations, UCLA Athletic Director Wilbur Johns called for independent federations for gymnastics, as well as baseball and track and field. Two months later, at the AAU Convention in Chicago, a gymnastics federation was proposed as part of the larger federation movement, but no action was taken.
National Association of Gymnastics Coaches President Gene Wettstone was invited to speak to the delegates at the NCAA’s general council annual meeting. Following his presentation regarding the challenges in dealing with the AAU and USOC, the general assembly votes to support gymnastics, as well as track and field and basketball, in its efforts to separate [...]
The National Collegiate Athletic Association calls a meeting with all collegiate gymnastics coaches in Chicago to discuss forming a new organization should the NCAA/U.S. Olympic Committee/Amateur Athletic Union meetings about amateur sports not succeed. Representatives from the NCAA, the AAU and the USOC have met several times previously to discuss administering amateur athletics. At the [...]
Due to inaction by the AAU, a U.S. Gymnastics Federation (USGF) Development Meeting was held in Chicago. Forty representatives from all aspects of gymnastics attend the meeting. Eugene Wettstone, the National Association of Gymnastics Coaches president, ran the two-day meeting. Temporary officers are elected, and committees continue their work. The attendees are: Clifford Fagan, National [...]
On December 8-9, the group that met in March at the first U.S. Gymnastics Federation (USGF) Development Meeting reconvenes. The United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF) is established and the USGF Constitution is adopted. The officers elected are: Donald L. Boydston, athletic director for Southern Illinois University, president; Glenn Sundby, editor of “Modern Gymnast,” vice president [...]
On January 7, Frank Bare becomes the United States Gymnastics Federation’s first executive director and opens an office in his home in Tucson, Ariz. The NCAA provides funding to help get the organization started (which lasts for 10-12 years). Also, Gene Wettstone, the chairman of the USGF’s Committee on Committees, begins forming committees to work [...]
The first USGF Newsletter was published in February. Sent via the mail, it contained current information on the business of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation, along with other information of interest to the gymnastics community. “Modern Gymnast,” the magazine published by Glenn Sundby, also helped provide USGF information in the early years of the organization.
The U.S. Gymnastics Federation runs its own national championships, in addition to those held by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The event was held in Park Ridge, Ill., at Maine East High School, and Donna Schaenzer and Arthur Shurlock became the first USGF all-around champions. Nearly 100 gymnasts participated in the two-day event, which was [...]
The U.S. Gymnastics Federation sends a U.S. Trampoline Team, which was chosen through trials, to the second World Trampoline Championships in London. Gary Erwin and Judy Wills win the trampoline titles, and the USA sweeps the medals. For the men, Frank Schmitz and Wayne Miller finish second and third, respectively. Beverly Averyt and Nancy Smith [...]
The U.S. Gymnastics Federation makes the effort to gain recognition from the International Trampoline Federation. Frank Bare travels to the FIT Congress in Basel, Switzerland, where he and Jeff Hennessy of the Amateur Athletic Union meet with FIT leaders. The FIT opts to go with the AAU. After which the USGF begins disbanding its trampoline [...]
The First Congress of American Gymnastics Coaches is held in Denver, with approximately 50 people in attendance. During the Congress, the group establishes a national competition program, clinics and an age-group training program. The decision is made to make it an annual event. The event’s name was changed later to the USGF Coaches Congress and [...]
Frank Bare creates a “National Committee on International Franchise” to study the control of athletics in the USA, focusing on the structure of government relations and amateur sports bodies. The committee sends a report to Arthur Gander, president of the International Gymnastics Federation, on Feb. 21, 1968, that clarifies the sports structure in the USA; [...]
At the 1967 Congress held in Kansas City, the U.S. Gymnastics Federation’s Women’s Committee is formed in response to the growth of women’s competitors and private gym clubs, along with the need for a network of competitions. The National Compulsory Routines for Girls became a joint project of the USGF and the Division of Girls [...]
“Modern Gymnast,” published by Glenn Sundby, becomes the official magazine of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation. “Modern Gymnast” was instrumental in getting the word out about the creation, development and beginning of the USGF and promoted the organization and its activities from the beginning of the 1960s and, of course, the start in 1963.
Held in Kansas City, Mo., International Gymnastics Federation President Arthur Gander visits and lectures at the third Congress of American Gymnastics Coaches. He talks about rules, rules changes, etc. This is the first time the FIG president has visited the USA for this purpose.
George Gulack, a vice president of the International Gymnastics Federation and a former AAU officer, invites Frank Bare, the U.S. Gymnastics Federation executive director, to attend the FIG Executive Committee in Copenhagen, Denmark. FIG President Arthur Gander praises the USGF Coaches Congress he attended; Gulack addresses the issues with the Amateur Athletic Union and USGF; [...]
The U.S. Gymnastics Federation makes the International Gymnastics Federation “Code of Points” for both men and women available in the USA, and it was the first time the information was available in English. Also, the USGF makes the “Interpretations of International Rules for Women’s Gymnastics,”authored by Jackie Fie, available.
A meeting is called by Arthur Gander, the president of the International Gymnastics Federation, with Don Hull and Jerry Hardy of the Amateur Athletic Union and Frank Bare of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation to discuss the dissention regarding which organization — AAU or USGF — should run gymnastics in the United States. At the meeting, [...]
In conjunction with the national championships in Long Beach, Calif., the U.S. Gymnastics Federation holds the first World Cup, which was the idea of Glenn Sundby. Cathy Rigby wins the event. Athletes from Canada, Yugoslavia, Finland, Japan and the USA participated. The idea is later adapted by the International Gymnastics Federation.
The U.S. Gymnastics Commission falls apart in the spring because the Amateur Athletic Union refuses to modify its hold on Olympic Gymnastics Committee seats. The U.S. Gymnastics Federation requests again to be the FIG member and replace the AAU as the national governing body in the U.S.
The U.S. Gymnastics Federation sends a delegation to attend the International Gymnastics Federation Congress in Basel, Switzerland, and pursue having the USGF achieve governance of gymnastics in USA. Frank Bare, Bill Meade and Jackie Fie attend the FIG Congress, Men’s and Women’s Technical Assemblies and Gymnaestrada.
U.S. Gymnastics Federation is recognized by the International Gymnastics Federation as the national governing body for the sport, taking the reins from the Amateur Athletic Union. The decision is made at the FIG Congress in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, which was held after the World Championships. Both the AAU and the USGF made presentations about handling gymnastics [...]
The U.S. Gymnastics Federation Championships in April at Georgia Southern were a qualifying event for the Olympic Trials. In May, the USGF holds the semifinals to select the top 12 men for the 1972 Olympic Team at the University of California – Berkeley. The men’s final trials are held at Maine West High School in [...]
The U.S. Gymnastics Federation and several partners stage the “Big Tour,” which features members of the men’s and women’s Soviet National Team, local collegiate teams and trampoline demonstrations. The USSR’s Olga Korbut is the star of the tour. The eight-city tour grosses more than $1 million in gate receipts and more than 150,000 spectators attend. [...]
The U.S. Gymnastics Federation stages the first National Modern Gymnastics Championships and sends its first delegation to the World Modern Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Modern gymnastics was eventually renamed rhythmic gymnastics.)
U.S. Amateur Sports Act, authored by Ted Stevens, is passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter, officially recognizing the U.S. Olympic Committee as overseeing Olympic sports and the establishment of national governing bodies (effectively eliminating the power of the Amateur Athletic Union). The USGF is recognized by the USOC [...]
U.S. Gymnastics Federation office moves to Ft. Worth, Texas, following the 1979 World Championships, and Roger Counsil becomes executive director. Frank Bare announced his retirement, which was effective on Jan. 1, 1980, when the Board voted to move offices earlier in the year.
The USA hosts the World Championships in Ft. Worth, Texas, marking the first time the event is held outside of Europe. The U.S. men win the country’s first team medal when it finishes third. The team includes: Kurt Thomas, Bart Conner, Jim Hartung, Larry Gerard, Tim LaFleur, Peter Vidmar, and Mike Wilson. The USA wins [...]
President Jimmy Carter announces the USA will boycott the Olympic Games in Moscow to a group of U.S. athletes. The boycott is in response to the December 1979 Soviet incursion into Afghanistan. It is the first and only time that the United States has boycotted the Olympics.
In 1980, the U.S. government funds a series of international competitions to “replace” missing the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. For gymnastics, the ‘Alternate Olympics’ is called the 1980 USGF International Invitational and is held in Hartford, Conn. The countries that competed include Japan, China, USA, Switzerland, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Norway, Korea, [...]
The “USGF Technical Journal,” which later becomes “Technique,” is first published on Sept. 1 as a monthly magazine to convey information, trends, techniques, stats, etc. Dr. William Sands, the USGF director of educational research, is the editor. “USGF Gymnastics” magazine became a membership benefit rather than a subscription publication with the September/October issue, published bi-monthly.
U.S. Gymnastics Federation opened its headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. The decision to move was made earlier in 1983, based on a significant offer from the Indiana Sports Corp. and the Lilly Endowment to be part of its efforts to attract national governing bodies to Indianapolis.
In Los Angeles, the USA has its most successful Olympic Games ever, winning 16 medals (five gold, five silver and six bronze). The U.S. men win the team gold medal, the USA’s first ever team gold and only men’s team gold. The team consists of Peter Vidmar, Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, Jim Hartung, [...]
Kim Zmeskal becomes the first American to win the World all-around title. She wins the all-around gold, along with the floor bronze, at the 1991 World Championships in Indianapolis. The U.S. women win their first World team medal, claiming the silver. The team consists of Michelle Campi, Hilary Grivich, Shannon Miller, Betty Okino, Kerri Strug, [...]
During the International Gymnastics Federation Congress in Salou, Spain, Jackie Fie is elected president of the FIG’s Women’s Technical Committee (serves through 2004), becoming the first person outside of Europe to be elected president of a technical committee. Fie previously served as vice president of the Technical Committee (1984-92) and a committee member from 1976-84. [...]
At the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, Trent Dimas wins the horizontal bar gold. Shannon Miller is second in the all-around and balance beam, as well as third on the uneven bars and floor exercise. The women’s team of Wendy Bruce, Dominique Dawes, Miller, Betty Okino, Kerri Strug, Kim Zmeskal and Michelle Campi (alternate) finishes [...]
Shannon Miller wins the USA’s second World all-around title at the World Championships in Birmingham, England, where she also takes top honors for bars and floor. Dominique Dawes is the silver medalist for both the uneven bars and balance beam.
Shannon Miller becomes the USA’s only back-to-back World all-around champion when she wins at the World Championships in Brisbane, Australia. She also wins the balance beam gold. The U.S. men’s team also earned a silver on the still rings, the men’s first World medal since 1979.
At the World Championships in Sabae, Japan, the U.S. Women’s Team takes third and Dominique Moceanu is second on the balance beam. The women’s team members are: Mary Beth Arnold, Theresa Kulikowski, Shannon Miller, Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps, Kerri Strug, and Doni Thompson.
At the Olympic Games in Atlanta, the U.S. women win the team gold medal, a first for the USA. The team consists of Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Jaycie Phelps, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu and Kerri Strug. Miller also wins the balance beam gold medal. Chow is the silver medalist on the uneven bars, [...]
The U.S. Men’s Double Mini-trampoline Team wins the team gold at the World Championships in Sun City, South Africa. Erin Maguire earns the women’s double mini-trampoline bronze medal. The members of the U.S. Men’s DMT Team are Mark Griffith, Karl Heger, Byron Smith and Ryan Weston.
In Sydney, the U.S. women finish fourth in the team competition at the Olympic Games; however 10 years later, the team of Amy Chow, Jamie Dantzscher, Dominique Dawes, Kristen Maloney, Elise Ray and Tasha Schwikert receive the team bronze medal after the FIG determines the Chinese team falsified ages. Alyssa Beckerman is the women’s alternate; [...]
USA Gymnastics revamps the women’s national team program to a semi-centralized training system under the leadership of Martha Karolyi, who is named National Team Coordinator. The new system emphasizes the preparation of athletes for international medal success, with training camps on a regular basis at the newly designated National Team Training Center at the Karolyi [...]
At the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Odense, Denmark, Lajeana Davis earns the tumbling silver. The men claim bronze medals for tumbling team (Chris Helton, Jared Olsen, Frankie Hartman, Brad Davis) and double-mini team (Derrick Aldrich, Keith Douglas, Josh Vance, David Ford).
The U.S. Team traveling to the World Championships in Ghent, Belgium, is the first U.S. delegation to leave the country following the Sept. 11 tragedy. At the event, Sean Townsend wins the parallel bars title, the U.S. men’s first World gold medal since the 1979 Worlds. In addition, the U.S. Men’s Team is second, and [...]
U.S. Sports Acrobatics merges with USA Gymnastics, and sports acrobatics (eventually named acrobatic gymnastics) becomes one of its disciplines. Tonya Case is a current member of the International Gymnastics Federation’s Sports Acrobatics Committee (elected in 2000).
At the World Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, the USA wins four medals. Courtney Kupets and Ashley Postell win gold medals on the uneven bars and balance beam, respectively. Floor exercise bronze medals go to Paul Hamm and Samantha Sheehan.
The USA has its most successful World Championships in 2003 (to date) in Anaheim, Calif., winning seven medals. The U.S. women win the team gold medal, the USA’s first. Paul Hamm also becomes the USA’s first man to win the all-around title, and he adds a second gold for the floor exercise. Chellsie Memmel and [...]
At the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Hannover, Germany, the U.S. wins three double mini-trampoline medals: Shelley Klochan, women’s individual, bronze; men’s team silver — Keith Douglas, Casey Finley, Josh Vance, and Jamar Young; and women’s team silver — Megan Dacy, Whitney Kusak, Drew Rentfro, and Shelley Klochan.
The USA wins gold and bronze medals at the World Sports Acrobatic Championships in Leiven, France. Arthur Davis and Shenea Booth win their second mixed pair gold medal. Samantha Schabow, Jennifer daSilva and Danielle Heider win the bronze medal in women’s group.
In Athens, the U.S. Team wins nine Olympic medals — two gold, six silver and one bronze. Carly Patterson and Paul Hamm both win the all-around titles. They also each earn an additional individual silver: Patterson, balance beam; and Hamm, horizontal bar. The men’s and women’s teams both claim the team silver medals. Silver medals [...]
At the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, the USA wins four medals: men’s double mini-trampoline silver, Keith Douglas; women’s trampoline team bronze (Amanda Bailey, Jennifer Parilla, Jenny Wescott, Alaina Hebert); women’s double-mini team silver (Megan Dacy, Krista Mahoney, Ashlynn Sundvold, Shelley Klochan); and women’s tumbling team silver (Yuliya Hall, Alexis Diaz, Amy [...]
The U.S. women dominate the action at the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, winning nine of a possible 10 medals for the most ever won by the USA. Chellsie Memmel edges out Nastia Liukin to become the third U.S. woman to win the World all-around title, and it is the USA’s first one-two finish [...]
In Aarhus, Denmark, the U.S. women win four silver and one bronze at the World Championships. The team of Jana Bieger, Alicia Sacramone, Nastia Liukin, Natasha Kelley, Chellsie Memmel, Ashley Priess and Jacquelyn Johnson (alternate) claim the silver team medal. Bieger is second in the all-around and the floor exercise. Silver medals also go to [...]
The U.S. women win the country’s second-ever team gold medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, and first outside of the USA. In all the U.S. women win seven medals, including Shawn Johnson’s all-around and floor exercise gold medals. Nastia Liukin wins the balance beam title, as well as the uneven bars silver. Alicia [...]
At the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Quebec City, Que., Canada, the USA wins five medals, including the women’s tumbling team gold medal. The women’s tumbling team members are Yuliya Hall, Susannah Johnson, Leanne Seitzinger, and Kaitlin Tortorich. The other medals are: women’s double mini-trampoline bronze, Kaci Barry; men’s double-mini bronze, Kalon Ludvigson; men’s [...]
In Beijing, the USA wins 10 Olympic medals. For the first time ever, the USA’s Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson go one-two in the all-around. Liukin also takes silver medals in both the uneven bars and balance beam, as well as the floor bronze. Johnson’s gold medal comes on the balance beam, with a silver [...]
At the World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Kristin Allen and Michael Rodrigues win the USA’s first acro gold medal at a World Games when they took top honors in the mixed pair competition. The USA claims two medals in women’s double mini-trampoline, with Sarah Prosen in second and Aubree Balkan in third.
Bridget Sloan wins the all-around title at the World Championships in London, where Kayla Williams captures the U.S. women’s first vault gold. Rebecca Bross is second in the all-around and also took the uneven bars bronze. Ivana Hong is the balance beam bronze medalist.
At the World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia, the USA wins three medals: women’s tumbling team silver — Susannah Johnson, Amy McDonald, Leanne Seitzinger, and Kaitlin Tortorich; men’s double mini-trampoline team bronze — Anthony Doles, Kalon Ludvigson, Stephen Raymond, and Austin White; and women’s double-mini team bronze — Aubree Balkan, Sarah Gandy, and Sarah Prosen.
Logan Dooley and Steven Gluckstein win the International Gymnastics Federation’s World Cup Series title for synchronized trampoline, a first for the United States. They take top honors for the seven-event series based on their one silver- and two gold-medal finishes. The twosome clinch the Series crown by winning the synchronized trampoline title at the World [...]
The USA takes six medals at the World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Alicia Sacramone wins the vault gold medal. The women’s team of Rebecca Bross, Mackenzie Caquatto, Mattie Larson, Alexandra Raisman, Sacramone and Bridget Sloan win the team silver medal. Bross is the silver medalist on the balance beam and the bronze medalist in the [...]
The USA wins seven medals at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, four gold and three bronze. The women’s team of Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Alicia Sacramone, Sabrina Vega and Jordyn Wieber win the team gold, the USA’s third women’s team title. Wieber also wins the all-around, along with the beam bronze medal. [...]
After capturing the gold medal at the World Cup in Germany, silver medals at World Cup events in Bulgaria and China, and a bronze medal in Russia, Kalon Ludvigson takes home the silver medal in men’s tumbling at the Odense World Cup to secure the first-ever tumbling World Cup series title by an American.
At the World Championships in Birmingham, England, Austin White wins the double mini-trampoline silver medal. The USA also wins two team double-mini bronze medals: women — Erin Jauch, Kristle Lowell, Marina Moskalenko, Erica Owen; and men — Trey Katz, Kalon Ludvigson, Ryan Roberts, and White.
USA Gymnastics hosts the International Gymnastics Federation’s World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships and the World Acrobatic Gymnastics Age Group Competition in Orlando, Fla. It is the first time the event had been held outside of Europe since its inception.
At the Olympic Games in London, the U.S. women win the country’s second Olympic team gold medal. Dubbed the Fierce Five, the team members are Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber. Douglas becomes the fourth U.S. woman to win the all-around title and is the first African-American to do so. [...]
Steve Butcher is the first American elected president of the Men’s Technical Committee at the FIG Congress in Cancun, Mexico. Peter Vidmar is elected to the International Gymnastics Federation’s Executive Committee; Caroline Hunt is re-elected to the Rhythmic Technical Committee; and Tonya Case returns to the Acrobatic Gymnastics Technical Committee. Ron Froehlich is re-elected to [...]