Lucy Wener was one of several SCATS gymnasts aiming for a
spot on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team. Despite low placements in the years leading up
to these games (e.g., 32nd and 25th AA at the 1982 and 1983 US Nationals,
respectively), she peaked at the right time for Los Angeles. At the 1984 U.S.
Nationals, Lucy placed an impressive 4th AA (tied with fellow training partner Michelle
Dusserre). She also competed in three out of four event finals. She was one
of 8 gymnasts named to the Olympic training squad.
At the 1984 U.S.
Olympic trials, Lucy performed well and finished in 5th place (ahead of Tracee
Talavera, Kathy Johnson, and Marie
Roethlisberger). Sadly though, in a pre-Olympic meet against Canada, she
suffered a knee injury serious enough to keep her off the Olympic team. As a
result, she was relegated to the position of second alternate.
In 1986, Lucy began
college at the University of Georgia. That year she won the NCAA bars title,
becoming Georgia's first individual national gymnastics champion. Her subsequent
years at Georgia were just as successful. She defend her bars title in 1987,
also helping Georgia earn it's first NCAA team title.
Lucy's final year at
Georgia was undoubtedly her most successful however. She regained her NCAA bars
title and led Georgia to its second NCAA team title. Even more impressive,
earlier in the season she scored the first perfect 10.0 in NCAA history. Not
surprisingly, she earned this distinction on her specialty event, bars. Her bar
routine at the time was one of the most technically difficult in the world,
featuring back-to-back release moves. Her talents were recognized beyond the
gymnastics community as well - she was featured in Sports Illustrated's
"Faces in the Crowd."
Since graduating in
1989 with a degree in Psychology, Lucy has worked as an assistant at Cal State
Fullerton and coach at West Virginia University. She also pursued a Master's degree. On
November 21, 1993 she married her husband, Mark Fox. The couple have two young
children, Ethan and Olivia. Lucy is current judging, coaching, and doing some
consulting and choreography. She works with the National Gymnastics Team.
thanks to Mark for his help with this tribute.
|Wener was born on March
. This page was created on June 11, 2000.