Lisa Panzironi (USA)

1985 US Championships (Junior division): 12th AA, 3rd BB, 6th UB
1986 American Classic (Junior Division): 5th AA
1986 Parkette Invitational: 3rd AA, 1st BB, 6th FX
1986 US Championships (Junior division): 6th AA
1986 Canadian Classic: 7th AA, 8th V (tie), 9th UB (tie), 6th BB (tie), 4th FX
1986 US Olympic Festival: 18th AA, 6th BB
1986 US Classic: 4th AA
1987 Parkette Invitational: 3rd AA, 1st FX, 2nd BB
1987 American Classic: 4th AA
1987 US Championships: 10th AA
1988 Mixed Pairs: 15th AA (with Tim Ryan)
1988 USA/USSR: 12th AA
1988 Las Vegas Sports Festival: 7th AA (with John Omori)
1988 American Classic: 8th AA
1988 US Championships: 13th AA
1988 US Olympic Trials: 12th AA
1989 US Championships: 11th AA
1989 US Classic: 3rd AA
1989 US World Team Trials 

The majority of these results were compiled from information found in the 1988 US Nationals program

Born on October 6, 1972 in Columbus, Ohio, Lisa began gymnastics at age five. She spent most of her elite career training at the Parkettes in Allentown, Pennsylvania. There, she trained alongside many top US gymnasts from the 1985-1988 Olympic cycle: Jennifer Sey (1986 National Champ), Hope Spivey, Tracy Calore, and Joyce Wilborn.

Lisa enjoyed some promising results as a junior. She won the bronze medal on beam at the 1985 Junior US Championships, improving her overall rank the following year with a 6th place finish. At one of her international meets, the 1986 Canadian Classic, she finished on spot short of a medal on floor.

During her first year as a senior elite, Lisa placed 10th at the 1987 US Nationals, announcing herself as a potential candidate for the 1988 Olympic team. Improved performances earned her the opportunity to compete in several nationally televised meets during the 1988 Olympic year: USA vs USSR dual meet, International Mixed Pairs, and Las Vegas Sports Festival. Unfortunately, during critical selection meets that year, Lisa experienced some problems on beam that contributed to her disappointing placements (13th AA at the 1988 US Nationals and 12th AA at the US Olympic trials). While Lisa did not make the team, she can be seen demonstrating some of the skills required in that code of points during the 1988 US Olympic Trial coverage.

Christmas photo, 2002. Courtesy of Lisa.

After 1988, Lisa changed gyms to the flourishing Brown's gymnastics in Orlando, Florida and trained alongside Brandy Johnson and Wendy Bruce. At Brown's, Lisa experienced one of her best AA finishes, third at the 1989 US Classic. Unfortunately, this success failed to transfer to the 1989 US World Team Trials, Lisa fell short of making the team. She quit elite gymnastics soon thereafter, accepting a scholarship to the University of Florida, where she studied Exercise and Sports Sciences.

Lisa graduated from the University of Florida in 1995, and married soon thereafter. Her husband, Chris, is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. The couple have two children, son Logan (b. 1998) and daughter Skylar Grace (b. February 2002). Skylar was born in Italy, where the family has been living since mid-2001. (Chris is currently stationed in Naples, Italy). The family expects to return to Jacksonville, Florida in December 2003.

. This page was created on February 21, 2000 and last updated on February 12, 2003.

 

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