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Biography: TOM, William

TOM, William “Bill” 1926 – 2012 Inducted:  1992 Born: San Francisco, California Bill is a man of energy and humility, opening the gym in the evenings and then helping numerous young gymnasts learn the gymnastic skills they would later perform in Olympic Trials, Olympic Games, World Championships, NCAA Championships, and other prestigious competitions. His experiences …

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Biography: ROETZHEIM, William “Bill”

ROETZHEIM, William  “Bill” Inducted: 1975 Born: September 7, 1928 Bill Roetzheim was a gymnast, a highly successful high school and college coach, a judge of international repute, an innovative college director, and an expert lecturer constantly in demand. As a competitor, Bill Roetzheim won 9 National Championships in AAU and NCAA competition, and these accomplishments …

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Biography: MEADE, William

MEADE, William “Bill” (1925-2004) Inducted: 1974 It was my pleasure to know the “brash” but jovial and “lovable” knowledgeable coach, Bill Meade.  Even though he was coaching his team at national competitions, he willingly helped me and others.  He was an institution in the gymnastic world, and I was also privileged to be an Olympic …

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Biography: LIENERT, Walter

LIENERT, Walter “Lefty” Inducted: 1974 Born: Chicago, IL At some time long past, many pebbles were dropped into pools of water. Each created ripples that may be thought of as generations within families.  We are part of a gymnastic family and have ripples that represent the generations of athletes, coaches, judges, and other contributors who …

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Biography: HILLIARD, Wendy

HILLIARD, Wendy Inducted: 2008 Prelude to Rhythmic Gymnastics The history of Rhythmic Gymnastics can be traced as far back as 1814 by Per Henrik Ling. Ling promoted aesthetic gymnastics in which students expressed their feelings and emotions through bodily movement but it was still calisthenics without apparatus.  Then it 1864 proponents of the activity began …

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Biography: Wendy Cluff-Perez

Cluff-Perez, Wendy Inducted: 2012 Born:  Santa Clara, CA One of the original SCATS athletes, Cluff-Perez participated in the 1968 Olympics, 1969 World Gymnaestrada in Berne, Switzerland, and performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. Olympics: Cluff went first for the U.S. women at the 1968 Olympics seven times and is credited with earning the …

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