THE WASHINGTON OLYMPICS CONNECTION
Laurel Tindall - insight from early 1970's -"final olympic selection trials -In those days they started with about 80 kids and had the first meet and cut the number to 40 and then had another elite national and cut the number to 20 and the final olympic trials was the top 20 and Debbie, Cleo, Janette and I competed in that. Then they took the top 10 to the training camp from there."
Jen Huffman - (WA coach) her grandfather was Joe Rantz- who was the number 7 man on the UW Rowing Team that won the 1936 Oympics. The book The Boys In The Boat, was written about the team.
Joyce Tanac 1968 Team. (Mexico City, Mexico.)
Al Fong, Gymnast at Renton HS; 2004 Coached Terin Humphrey/Courtney McCool, Athens
Brett McClure, member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal in Athens.
Frank Lee, Olympic coach for Ghardi Gelenhuys in 2000 in Australia. Ghardi was representing her home nation of Namibia
Melanie Roach former Washington high school gymnast and owner of Roach Gymnastics, was in the 2008 Olympics and won 6th place in weight lifting. She was an alternate on the 2000 Olympic team.
Erika Bakacs: born in Romania, she started Gymnastics at age 3 and became an International Elite/Olympics gymnast. Romanian National Team member: Career Highlights: Romanian National Champion, Coached by Bela & Marta Karolyi. Coaching Highlights: International Elite Coach, Elite on National Jr. Team: Highest Level Coached: International Elite, Olympic Figure Skating Coach - Tanya Hardings choreographer 1992. Education: BSN Education, Romania, Elite Level Judge: 2005 USAG's Washington State Optional Coach of the Year. Naydenov Gymnastics coach of 2014 Jr. Elite National Team Member Jordan Chiles.
Dimitri Taskov Born in Varna, Bulgaria, was an International Elite/Olympics and a Bulgarian National Team member.
Yumi Mordre, Alternate on the 1984 Olympic Team.
Jim Holt coached Iranian gymnast Nashwan al-Harazi, 2008 Beijing.
Dale McClements Kephart 1964 Olympic Asst. Coach, Tokyo. Top USA scorer; Judged 1968 Olympics; 1972 Manager/ Assistant Coach for Women's USA Olympic Team, Munich, Germany; 1976 Head Women's Coach USA Olympic Team, Montreal; Choreographed the 1984 Olympic Floor Exercise Compulsory Routine. 1988 Choregraphed the 1988 Olympic Balance Beam Compulsory Routine.
Carolyn "Ping" Pingatore Holmes Jr. AA Champ 1967. Was a George Lewis and Dale Shirley gymnast. 1968 Olympic Team alternate
George Lewis, coached Joyce, Dale, Doris Fuchs, Laurel Tindal.
Eric Hughes (founder of U.W. men's gymnastics program in 1950) was the Men' Asst. Coach, 1972, Munich, Germany Olympics. On his UW Men's team, he coached some international gymnasts - Mauno Nissinen, Sho Fukushima
Karen Wisen judged the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984
Dubi Lufi Exceptional WSU gymnast. Israeli Olympic Team Member 1976 and 1980.
Sergio Luna Sr. Olympian for Ecuador in 1968. Coached at Jerry Penney's Christmas Camps in the 1970's. Franklin High School coach. His sons Sergio Jr.and Daniel became outstanding gymnasts.
In 2003 A little local controversy came up concerning Edwin Gross, who was the silver medallist in tumbling at the 1932 Olympics. The picture below, of his gravestone, (reprinted with permission from The Herald, Everett, Wash. Photo by Justin Best, Herald photographer) He is buried in a Lynnwood, WA. Cemetery. He was a gymnast in CA. Eric Hughes (U. of WA. men's coach) thought he remembered calling Edwin up in Edmonds, WA. in the early years of the U.W. team, and asked him to come and judge the U.W. men. He doesn't remember if he came or not.
(Edwins grave stone in Lynnwood, WA. Edwin T. Gross from 1932 Olympic Team picture.)
Eberhard Gienger coached at UW and Gymnastics Inc at SPU.
For our local gymnasts in the 1970's, Laurel Anderson Tindal writes: "Final Olympic Selection Trials. In those days they started with about 80 kids and had the first meet and cut the number to 40 and then had another Elite National and cut the number to 20 and the final Olympic Trials had the top 20. Debbie Hale, Cleo Carver Schreifels, Jeannette Boyd Anderson and I competed in that. From that meet, they took the top 10 to the training camp.