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Gymnastics Legends to be honored by the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Five gymnastics legends will be honored at the 18th annual International Gymnastics Hall of Fame (IGHOF) induction ceremony on Saturday, May 17,2014, at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City.

The IGHOF Class of 2014 Inductees are:

  • Natalia Yurchenko (Russia): 1983 World All-Around Champion, inventor of the Yurchenko vault
  • Jackie Fie (USA): 1956 Olympian, former President of FIG Women's Technical Committee
  • Li Yuejiu (China): China's first mens World Champion, 1984 Olympic silver medalist
  • Klaus Koeste (GER, deceased): 3-time Olympian, 1972 Olympic vault champion

 

The Frank Bare Award will go to renowned TV commentator for ABC Wide World of Sports Gordon Maddux for his important contributions, and promotion of gymnastics.

Also, although they are not being formally inducted into the IGHOF, the 1984 USA Olympic men's gymnastics team, comprised of Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, James Hartung, Scott Johnson and Peter Vidmar, be on hand to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their historic team gold medal.

"It is going to be an emotional night to have so many of our sport's true 'game-changers' all in one room," Bart Conner, Chairman of the IGHOF board, said.

Over the past 17 years, 81 of gymnastics greatest stars and contributors, representing 21 countries, have been formally inducted into the Hall of Fame. The IGHOF is home to gymnastics greats such as Vera Caslavska, Nadia Comaneci, Olga Korbut, Mary Lou Retton, Nikolai Andrianov, Bart Conner Sawao Kato, and Vitaly Scherbo.

Founded in 1987, the IGHOF was originally located in Oceanside, California. In 1996, it was relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where it has developed a solid foundation of private support.

"People are often surprised to know that this is the only International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in existence, and it is endorsed by the International Gymnastics Federation which is based in Switzerland," Conner said.

The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame continues to preserve, promote and share the achievements of the sport's greatest legends, with the IGHOF exhibit at the Science Museum Oklahoma in the Adventure District in Oklahoma City. Visitors can try out gymnastics equipment, view portraits of all inductees, see sculptures, paintings and memorabilia, and use the video kiosk to study the videos and careers of the international gymnastics stars.

"Our goal is to preserve the legacies of these international gymnastics legends, and use their stories of achievement to inspire future generations," Conner said.

For more information about the IGHOF and how you can be a member or donor, visit our membership page.  For tickets to the IGHOF dinner ceremony, contact Lynn Landis at 405-364-5344.

For media requests, contact Allison Keiffer at Allison@intlgymnast.com or call 405-364-5344.

Six Gymnastics Greats Honored at the 2013 Induction Ceremonies

The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame honored six gymnastics greats at its 17th annual Induction Ceremony on May 18, 2013, in Oklahoma City.

This year the IGHOF formally enshrined four gymnastics legends:

  • Albert Azaryan (Armenia), winner of four Olympic medals –three gold – in 1956 and 1960, and winner of five World Championship medals.
  • Lyubov Burda (Russia), 1968 and 1972 Olympic Gold medalist and 1970 team World Champion and bronze medalist on the vault.
  • Gina Gogean (Romania), winner of five Olympic medals at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and winner of 15 World Championship medals.
  • Yuri Korolev (Russia), most decorated non-Olympic gymnast, including 13 medals – nine gold – across four World Championships (1981, '83, '85 and '87).

 "We're thrilled to honor these gymnastics icons who have won a total of 11 Olympic and 35 World Championship medals together," Bart Conner, Chairman of the IGHOF board, said. Both Burda (2001) and Korolev (2010) were inducted previously but haven't been able to attend until this year, Conner added.

The IGHOF also honored Mr. Hidenori Futagi, President of the Japan Gymnastics Association, with the International Order of Merit Award.  The award honors those who have made a most significant contribution to the development, the maintaining of harmony, and the advancement of participation and appreciation for the sport of gymnastics in their homeland, their region and the world of sport.

The IGHOF also initiated a new program designed to link today's current gymnastics heroes with the Hall of Fame legends. The Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award honors a currently competitive or recently retired gymnast from around the world who has demonstrated great sportsmanship or fair play. The award's first recipient, Jordyn Wieber, was a member of USA's "Fierce Five" gymnastics team at the 2012 London Olympics, a two-time World Champion, and now Olympic Gold Medalist.

"Our entire board of directors has worked hard to make the IGHOF awards one of our sport's highest honors, and we are delighted that this year's dinner celebration was one of our finest ever," Conner said.

Four Gymnastics Legends to be honored by the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame-
Class of 2013 to join prestigious group

OKLAHOMA CITY – Four international gymnastics legends will be honored at the 17th annual International Gymnastics Hall of Fame (IGHOF) ceremony on May 18, 2013, at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City.

The class of 2013 honorees includes:

  • Albert Azaryan (Armenia), winner of four Olympic medals –three gold – in 1956 and 1960, and winner of five World Championship medals.
  • Lyubov Burda (Russia), 1968 and 1972 Olympic Gold medalist and 1970 team World Champion and bronze medalist on the vault.
  • Gina Gogean (Romania), winner of five Olympic medals at 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and winner of 15 World Championship medals.
  • Yuri Korolev (Russia), most decorated non-Olympic gymnast, including 13 medals – nine gold – across four World Championships (1981, '83, '85 and '87).

"We're thrilled to honor these four gymnastics icons who have won a total of 11 Olympic and 35 World Championship medals together," Bart Conner, Chairman of the IGHOF board, said. "Both Burda (2001) and Korolev (2010) were inducted previously but haven't been able to attend until this year," Conner said.

Over the past 16 years, 79 of gymnastics greatest stars and contributors, representing 20 countries, have been formally inducted into the Hall of Fame. The IGHOF is home to gymnastics greats such as Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Vera Caslavska, Nikolai Andrianov, Sawao Kato, Vitaly Scherbo, and Bart Conner.

The IGHOF, founded in 1987, was originally located in Oceanside, California. In 1996, it was relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where it has developed a solid foundation of public and private support.

"People are often surprised to know that this is the only International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in existence, and it is endorsed by the International Gymnastics Federation which is based in Switzerland," Conner said.

The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame continues to preserve, promote and share the achievements of the sport's greatest legends, with the IGHOF exhibit at the Science Museum Oklahoma in the Adventure District in Oklahoma City. Visitors can try out gymnastics equipment, view portraits of all inductees, see sculptures, paintings and memorabilia, and soon be able to interact with a kiosk to learn about the Hall of Fame and its inductees.

"Our goal is to preserve the legacies of these international gymnastics legends, and use their stories of achievement to inspire future generations," Conner said.

The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame is a dynamic, forward-looking organization that celebrates the athletic and artistic excellence of our sport's most accomplished athletes and legends, and connects them with future generations of young gymnasts and fans.

For more information about the IGHOF and how you can be a member or donor, visit www.ighof.com.

For tickets to the IGHOF ceremony, contact Lynn Landis at 405-364-5344.

For media requests, contact Alisha East at Alisha@bartconnergymnastics.com or 405-447-7500.

INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES THE FRANK BARE AWARD –
Emmy Award winning ABC Sports producer Doug Wilson inaugural recipient

March 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – The board of directors for the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame (IGHOF) has announced the creation of "The Frank Bare Award" honoring the contributions of exceptional individuals in their roles as tireless ambassadors and promoters for the sport of gymnastics.

The new award celebrates the legacy of its namesake, Frank Bare, the long-time IGHOF chairman of the board, who passed away in 2011.

Mr. Bare was one of the most beloved leaders and admired statesmen in the history of gymnastics in the United States. While serving as the first executive director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation, he guided the sport into its golden age of popularity. Mr. Bare conceived of and staged promotional tours and competitions, including the American Cup, that introduced much of the world to such legendary stars as Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Olga Korbut, Cathy Rigby, Nikolai Andrianov, Kurt Thomas and dozens more.

"There is a magical appeal, a universal spark at the core of gymnastics, and Frank Bare found countless ways to share it with the world," said Bart Conner, IGHOF board president. "The Frank Bare Award celebrates individuals who, like Frank, have enabled all of us to tap into that magic and discover its power to inspire excellence.  The Frank Bare Award is sponsored in-part by our dear friend, and longtime gymnastics supporter Jana Poland."

The inaugural recipient of The Frank Bare Award is Doug Wilson. As an Emmy award-winning television producer/director for ABC's Wide World of Sports, he made significant contributions to popularizing gymnastics during the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

Mr. Wilson will be presented the award during the IGHOF induction ceremonies for the Class of 2012, to be held May 19th in Oklahoma City, OK.  Also taking part will be gymnastics legend Vera Caslavska, whose 1964 and 1968 Olympic triumphs were seen by millions, thanks to broadcasts produced by the team at ABC's Wide World of Sports.

The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame is a dynamic, forward-looking organization that celebrates the athletic and artistic excellence of our sport's most accomplished athletes and legends, and connects them with future generations of young gymnasts and fans.

For tickets to the IGHOF Ceremony, contact Lynn Landis, at Paul Ziert and
Associates at 405-364-5344.

Media requests, contact Alisha East at Alisha@bartconnergymnastics.com at 405-447-7500.

FIVE GYMNASTICS LEGENDS TO BE HONORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS HALL OF FAME
Class of 2012 to join prestigious group

March 7, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – Five international gymnastics legends will be honored at the 16th annual International Gymnastics Hall of Fame (IGHOF) Ceremony on May 19, 2012, at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City.

The class of 2012 honorees includes:

  • Kim Zmeskal (USA) – First American World All-Around Champion, 1992 Olympic Bronze medalist.
  • Natalia Shaposhnikova (RUS)- Winner of 4 medals, including 2 gold, at the 1980 Olympics.
  • Zoltan Magyar (HUN) – 1976 and 1980 Olympic gold medalist, and 3 time World Champion on the pommel horse.
  • Vera Caslavska (CZE)- Winner of 11 Olympic medals, including 7 gold, in the 1964 and 1968 Olympics.
  • Doug Wilson (USA) will be awarded the first Frank Bare Award for his significant contributions to popularizing gymnastics as an Emmy award-winning TV producer for ABC's Wide World of Sports.

Over the past fifteen years, 76 of gymnastics greatest stars and contributors, representing 20 countries, have been formally inducted into the Hall of Fame.

"We are thrilled with the selection of the Class of 2012, and we are especially excited to finally celebrate the induction of Vera Caslavska, who was not able to be with us when she was originally inducted in 1998," said Bart Conner, President of the IGHOF Board.

The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame continues to preserve, promote and share the achievements of our sport's greatest legends. Through the IGHOF exhibit at the Science Museum Oklahoma in the Adventure District in Oklahoma City, visitors can view the Wall of Fame - portraits of all inductees, and other sculptures, pictures, paintings and videos.  Children can also try out some gymnastics training equipment at the exhibit.

The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame is a dynamic, forward-looking organization that celebrates the athletic and artistic excellence of our sport's most accomplished athletes and legends, and connects them with future generations of young gymnasts and fans.

For tickets to the IGHOF ceremony, contact Lynn Landis, at Paul Ziert and
Associates at 405-364-5344.

For media requests, contact Alisha East,
at Alisha@bartconnergymnastics.com or 405-447-7500.

2011 – 15th Annual Induction Ceremony

OKLAHOMA CITY – Five international gymnastics legends were honored at the 15th annual International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Ceremony held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City.

The Class of 2011 honorees include:

Over the past fourteen years, 73 of gymnastics greatest stars and contributors, representing 20 countries, have been formally inducted into the Hall of Fame. The IGHOF exhibit is located at Science Museum Oklahoma in the Adventure District in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

"We are thrilled with the selection of the Class of 2011, and we are excited to celebrate the remarkable careers of these icons of our sport," commented Bart Conner, the President of the Board of the IGHOF. The board also paid tribute to Frank Bare, the former Chairman of the Board, who passed away this past year.

2010 - 14th Annual Induction Ceremony

INSPIRATION - The diverse Class of 2010 represents four decades of gymnastics history. Their stories are as different as the apparatus on which they made history. The four gymnasts honored at the 14th annual Induction Ceremony of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame combined to win 35 world and Olympic medals. Yuri Korolev, Henrietta Onodi, Cathy Rigby (who was inducted in 1998 but could not attend that year) and the late Mikhail Voronin were the latest to join the growing list of legends in the Hall of Fame, while former FIG photographer Eileen Langsley received the AAI International Order of Merit. And as each was honored at the exclusive Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City on May 15, a common theme emerged. Yes, the emotional acceptance speeches transported the gathered guests back in time, but they also ushered them forward with a new sense of inspiration.

Officially inducted in 1998 but unable to attend because of her starring role in Peter Pan, Cathy Rigby closed the evening with the style and grace that defined her gymnastics.

"I'm so grateful to be here," said Rigby, 57, who then quipped, "I'm sorry it took me 12 years; I was stuck in that harness all that time."

Yes, before she was flying above stages as "the boy who never grew up," Rigby spoke of her unusual upbringing as a gymnast in Southern California. And like Onodi, Rigby remembered those who enabled her career, which included the first world championship medal by an American gymnast (silver on beam in 1970).
"It's really difficult to stand up here and thank all the people who have touched your life and helped you achieve certain goals, but I have to tell you that the last three days have been—(Rigby paused to collect her emotions)—extraordinary, because I've been away from the sport for a very long time. And part of that was because I wanted to get away at one point to kind of take on another identity and figure out who I was. I had an amazing time in the sport, and I will thank those people for that … it's like coming home to family. It's something I will cherish forever."

Rigby first thanked her husband, Tom McCoy, with whom she continues to work in entertainment. Then she recognized Frank Bare (first executive director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation): "He was like a dad. He was just so wonderful…."
Next, Rigby offered telling vignettes of her late coach, Bud Marquette. "He was a pain in the you-know-what sometimes to deal with, but he gave his heart and soul to the sport of gymnastics and to me," she said.

Finally, Rigby spoke fondly of her mother. "She was an example of how to be and how to act and how to persevere," said Rigby, a mother of four and grandmother of three. "Whenever I would come home from a competition, my mom was just there. There was no judgment. It was just a hug and, 'Honey, how are you?' and 'Good job.' And I never realized how much that meant to me. So I am forever grateful to this amazing woman."

Rigby also said she was "so grateful and proud to be part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame," which now has 72 members representing 20 countries.
Before the inductees and gathered guests mingled for photo opportunities and autographs, emcee Bart Conner closed the evening with these fitting words: "Excellence to us is inspiring, and that's all we try to capture on this night."

Yet once again, the overall impact on those in attendance was so much more.

by Dwight Normile

2009 - 13th Annual Hall of Fame Formal Induction

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Five legends were honored at the 13th annual International Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction dinner Saturday night in Oklahoma City. Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist (Sweden), Octavian Bellu (Romania), Elvira Saadi (Uzbekistan), Vitaly Scherbo (Belarus) and Dominique Dawes (U.S.) stand by their portraits. Photo, courtesy of IG Magazine

Written by Dwight Normile, Editor IG Magazine
Five legends were honored at the 13th annual International Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction dinner Saturday night in Oklahoma City. The addition of Octavian Bellu (Romania), the late Viktor Chukarin (Ukraine), Dominique Dawes (U.S.), Elvira Saadi (Uzbekistan) and Vitaly Scherbo (Belarus) brings the total Hall of Fame membership to 69 individuals from 20 countries. Sweden's Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist, president of the International Gymnastics Federation's Gymnastics for All Committee, received the International Order of Merit.
The 2009 induction class combined to win 47 Olympic medals and 91 world championship medals.

Bellu, the second coach to be inducted after compatriot Bela Karolyi (1997), piloted the Romanian women's team to five consecutive world team titles (1994-2001) and two Olympic team golds (2000-04). Never one to sing his own praises, Bellu conceded how touched he was to receive the call to the Hall of Fame. "If they decide that for me to be in the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, now I am sure I did a good job," he said humbly. "Gymnastics was my life, and I tried to do my best." Bellu, who now works as an adviser for all sports in Romania, expressed the fact that coaches are rarely remembered in history, which made the evening that much more special for him. "We are not the stars," he said. "The stars are the gymnasts. We accept to be on the back stage." Bellu closed with the realization that he was now in the Hall of Fame with some of his past pupils. "So now I'm with my former gymnasts in the same family," he said. "So what is better than this?"

Chukarin, who passed away in 1984, was an example of patience and perseverance. After serving in World War II, during which he spent time as a POW in a concentration camp, Chukarin went on to win seven gold medals combined in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, including back-to-back all-around titles.

Saadi, now a successful coach whose pupils included Tatiana Groshkova (Soviet Union) and Yvonne Tousek (Canada), delivered her acceptance speech with the same passion she exuded as a competitor. A gold medalist with the Soviet Union at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, Saadi stood out for her dramatic choreography and soulful expression. "I never had a goal to be the best," said Saadi, the first native of Uzbekistan to be inducted. "I am a person who can feel gymnastics."

Prior to each award a video montage was shown of each inductee. Saadi's included her floor routine to "Carmen," which simply mesmerized the gathered guests, many of whom traveled from around the world to attend. Saadi was visibly moved, and said she had never seen herself perform. In tears by the end of her speech, she claimed to have been a "spoiled child, actually, because my mother let me do what I want." And that was gymnastics.

Six gold medals in one Olympics has been surpassed only twice, so Scherbo is in rare company in Olympic record books. That's what he accomplished at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and he remained the man to beat for the next couple of years, as well. Still with the same boyish grin, Scherbo entertained the dinner crowd much as he did gymnastics arenas. He compared his oppressive upbringing in the former Soviet Union with the freedoms he now enjoys as a U.S. citizen and gym owner in Las Vegas. He joked and promised not to cry, because he was a man. When he competed, he was the man. He knew it, and everyone else knew it. He called himself the "bad boy" of gymnastics. "There is supposed to be someone bad, right?" quipped Scherbo, whose 23 world and 10 Olympic medals is a gymnastics record. But Scherbo showed a softer side during his speech. "It's a privilege to be inducted with so many monsters of gymnastics," he said, adding that words were "not enough to explain what's happening in my soul right now." Indeed, the Hall of Fame humbled the great Vitaly Scherbo.

1996 Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes was the final inductee of the evening, and she began by admitting that awards really don't affect her much. By the end of her speech, it was obvious this one did. With tears streaming down her cheeks, Dawes credited much of everything she has accomplished as a gymnast and a person to her former coach and forever mentor Kelli Hill. "She has been my role model since I was 6 and is still my role model at 32," Dawes said. "I stand here today accepting this award on her behalf."

Emcee Bart Conner had opened the ceremony with a tribute to Hall of Fame founder Glenn Sundby, who passed away in March, and closed with a simple thought that seemed to characterize the evening perfectly. "Excellence is inspiring," he said.

2009 Tribute to IGHOF Founder - Glenn M. Sundby

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GLENN M. SUNDBY, MEMORIAL SERVICE

Saturday, March 28, was an exceptionally beautiful sunny morning, a perfect day to express feelings of warmth and gratitude for the opportunity of having known and been associated with Glenn Marlin Sundby. More than 125 friends gathered from all parts of the United States in Oceanside, California, to say farewell to Glenn, representing age groups from 95 years to 9 months of age. The San Diego local newspaper described Glenn as a "five foot five inch giant" and icon in gymnastics, acrobatics and publishing. Many of Glenn's closest friends from publishers, manufacturers, gymnastics and acrobatics paid tribute to his countless contributions to the sport and told personal stories about the value of his friendship. At the age of 87, Glenn led a very colorful life as an acrobat and his passion for gymnastics will live on in the organizations he helped to build and nurture. Many attributed the growth of the sport to his ongoing stream of ideas. Glenn was a visionary who never lacked for ideas; some became reality. His legacy will be continued by those now carrying on his dream, including WAS, IGHOF, IG Magazine and other projects. It was quite evident that he was very much appreciated and admired; we'll all miss his presence and his wide smile. In the spirit of Glenn, let's all enjoy a "Happy Handstand."

We wish to thank Hall of Fame Board Member Glen Vaughan for a magnificent job as Organizer and Master of Ceremonies for this Memorial Service.

REMEMBERING GLENN M. SUNDBY - FOUNDER

For almost 50 years, Glenn and I not only worked together, we traveled the globe attending Olympic Games, World Championships and many other events of note. In 1964 we travelled to Tokyo for the Olympic Games in Japan and in 1968 to Mexico City, 1972 to Munich, 1976 to Montreal and in 1980 to Moscow. We always enjoyed seeing local features and meeting as many people as possible. We very often roomed together, just as we did in Oceanside when I would travel there to help him with specific projects, at his request.

Most people will remember Glenn as a hardworking, dedicated individual who lived a Christian life filled with generosity and caring. He lived a colorful creative life, filled with many smiles, and had friends in all parts of the world, many of whom will miss him as we will.

Knowing him as I did, the one thing I will miss most is his smile and those of us who knew him, knew how much he enjoyed having his picture taken, or taking pictures of others. We all will remember his wide smile, which made the room light up wherever he was present. He was a people person, a visionary with great ideas and big dreams. It was my privilege to help him make some of these dreams become reality.

IG Magazine Online - Editor, Dwight Normile - TRIBUTE TO GLENN SUNDBY

2008 - 12th Annual HOF Induction Ceremony
2008 Induction Cover

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On February 9, 2008, the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame held its 12th formal induction ceremony in Oklahoma City, OK (USA). Inducted were 4 gymnasts and one IOM (International Order of Merit) recipient. Honorees were: Ma Yanhong (CHN), Stoyan Deltchev (BUL), Lilia Podkopayeva (UKR), Shuji Tsurumi (JPN) and Ludwig Schweizer -IOM (GER). Over the last 12 years, 64 of our sport's greatest stars and contributors, representing 19 countries, have been formally inducted into the Hall of Fame's elite group. This also marked the fifth year for the IOM award representing great achievement in noncompetitive aspects of gymnastics. Five honorees from 4 nations have been inducted in this category.

 

 

New Location for Hall of Fame - OMNIPLEX

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This gallery contains images taken during the formal opening celebrating the new exhibit for the Hall of Fame at the OmniPlex Center in Oklahoma City, OK, May 2007. Photos courtesy of Bart Conner and Linda Bare.

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2007 - 11th Annual Induction, OKC

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This gallery contains images from the Hall of Fame week-long celebration honoring the 2007 Inductees. Photos courtesy of IGHOF.

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2006 - 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame Induction

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2006 marked the 10th Anniversary for the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Those inducted were Vladimir Artemov (Russia), Eizo Kenmotsu (Japan), Natalia Kuchinskaya (Russia) and Shannon Miller (USA). The 2006 International Order of Merit (IOM) recipient was Mr. Uli Spieth (Germany) President of Spieth Gymnastics Company. Many past honorees returned for this occasion to honor and celebrate with the new inductees.

2005 - 9th Hall of Fame Induction

2005 marked the 9th Annual Hall of Fame Induction in Oklahoma City, OK. Those inducted were Svetlana Boginskaya (Belarus), Valery Liukin (Kazakhstan), Akinori Nakayama (Japan) and Erika Zuchold (Germany). The International Order of Merit (IOM) recipient was Daniel Baumat (Switzerland) President of Swiss Timing. Photos courtesy of Mr. Sam Bailie.

2004 - 8th Annual Hall of Fame Induction, OKC

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Inductees for 2004 are Alexander Ditiatin (Russia), Takuji Hayata (Japan), Helena Rakoczy (Poland), Yelena Shushunova (Russia) and Heikki Savolainen (Finland). IOM Recipient is Dr. Zakaria Ahmad (Malaysia).

2003 - 7th Annual Induction Ceremony

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May 9, 2003, marked the 7th Annual Induction Ceremony in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA). 2003 inductees Dmitry Bilozerchev (Russia), Karin Janz (Germany), Franco Menichelli (Italy), and Kurt Thomas (USA) all traveled to Oklahoma City, where they were inducted into the IGHOF in a black-tie ceremony. The late Max Bangerter of Switzerland, a former Secretary-General of the International Gymnastics Federation, was posthumously inducted into the IGHOF in Lifetime Achievement Category. The class of 2003 owns a combined collection of 41 World and Olympic medals. The 2003 event will also honor current FIG Secretary-General Norbert Bueche as the first recipient of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame's International Order of Merit award.

2002 - 6th Annual Induction Ceremony

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June 21, 2002, marked the 6th Annual Induction Ceremony. Berthe Villancher (France) was inducted in the Lifetime Achievement Category. Five Olympic and/or World Champions were inducted in the Gymnast Category. Honorees in this category are: Polina Astakhova (Ukraine), Kieko Ikeda (Japan), Agnes Keleti (Hungary), Daniela Silivas (Romania) and Boris Shakhlin (Ukraine).

2001 - 5th Annual Induction Ceremony

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June 8, 2001, marked the 5th Annual Induction Ceremony in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA). Bruno Grandi (Italy) was inducted in Lifetime Achievement category, for his contribution to the sport in his home country of Italy and throughout the world as President of the FIG. In the Gymnastics category, five Olympic and/or World Champions were inducted. Those honored were Nikolai Andrianov (Russia), Lyubov Burda (Russia), William Thoresson (Sweden), Teodora Ungureanu (Romania), and Sawao Kato (Japan).

2000 - 4th Annual Induction Ceremony

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June 2, 2000, marked the Fourth Annual Induction of gymnasts in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA). Four Olympic and World Champions came to Oklahoma City to be honored and recognized for their achievements. Those honored were: Haruhiro Yamashita (Japan), Maxi Gnauch (Germany), Ecaterina Szabo (Romania) and Li Ning (China).

1999 - 3rd Annual Induction Ceremony

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June 4, 1999 marked the third Annual Induction Ceremony in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA). Six honorees were inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Frank Bare (USA) inducted in Lifetime Achievement, Miroslav Cerar (Slovania), Yukio Endo (Japan), Nellie Kim (Belarus), Eugen Mack (Switzerland), and Yuri Titov (Russia) for their achievements as a gymnast.

1998 - 2nd Annual Induction Ceremony

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June 26, 1998, marked the Second Annual Induction Ceremony, in Oklahoma City, OK (USA). Seven gymnasts were honored, representing inductees from Europe, Asia and North America. Those inducted were Vera Caslovska (CSR), Savino Guglielmetti (ITA), Takashi Ono (JPN) Cathy Rigby (USA), Peter Vidmar (USA), Larisa Latynina (UKR) and Ludmilla Tourischeva (UKR).

1997 Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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June 27, 1997, marked the inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in Oklahoma City, OK (USA). Ten years after Founder Glenn Sundy began his dream of preserving gymnastic history, 9 indivudals were honored during this memorable evening at the Medallion Hotel. Honorees represented the 1924 Olympics – Leon Stukelj – to the 1984 Olympics – Mary Lou Retton. Inductees: Nadia Comaneci (Romania), Bart Conner (USA), Jack Gunthard (Switzerland), Bela Karolyi (Romania-US), Mary Lou Retton (USA), Olga Korbut (Belarus) and Leon Stukelj (Slovenia). The ninth inductee, Arthur Gander (Switzerland), passed away on March 30, 1981. ABC-TV sports commentator Chris Schenkel donated his time and talent as Master of Ceremony. Article by Dwight Normile, "A Night to Remember" appears in the International GYMNAST (August/ September 1997). Photos courtesy of Linda Bare. Portraits by artist, Sam Bailie, Jr.

 

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