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Mitch Gaylord (USA)

Mitch Gaylord first thrilled the world in 1984 when he led the United States Olympic gymnastics team to its Gold Medal victory. In addition to being the first American Gymnast in history to score a perfect “10,” Mitch went on to capture a Silver medal for Vaulting and two Bronze medals for Rings and Parallel Bars. As the number one ranked gymnast in 1983 and 1984, Mitch invented two skills now named internationally after him. To this day, the Gaylord Flip and the Gaylord Two are considered to be among the most difficult and spectacular feats in gymnastics.

After the Olympics, Mitch was appointed to the president’s Council for Physical Fitness by President Reagan. During this time, he fulfilled numerous speaking engagements, endorsements and appearances across the country. In 1986, Mitch made his acting debut in Columbia Pictures’ “American Anthem” and went on to appear in several commercial advertisements including Levi’s, Diet Coke, Nike, Vidal Sassoon, Soloflex and Texaco. In 1995, he was inducted into UCLA’s Hall of Fame, and in 2006, he was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

Mitch has served as a journalist/broadcaster, a motivational coach and a fitness expert. His passion for health and wellness led to his founding of Mitch Gaylord’s Gold Medal Fitness and the creation of the Perfect 10 Workout.

Mitch’s commitment to creating an enduring legacy that will impact the world of Health & Fitness is surpassed only by his passion for his family as a dedicated father and loving husband to his wife, Valentina.

Tribute courtesy of Mitch & Valentina.

 

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