USA Gymnastics recently announced its 2020 USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame inductees.
The six inductees include former rhythmic gymnastics coach Nora Campbell; 2004 Olympic silver medalist Morgan Hamm; 2008 Olympic silver medalist Bridget Sloan; NCAA champion and men’s assistant coach for the 1988 and 2000 Olympic games Yoichi Tomita; 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber; and former gymnastics coach Mary Wright.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the induction ceremony for the 2020 Hall of Fame class will take place next June during the 2021 Olympic Trials.
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Nora Campbell – Lifetime Achievement Recipient
Campbell committed her life to advancing the sport of gymnastics. Campbell started her illustrious career as the first USA representative to the FIG Rhythmic Judging Course in 1972 in Bulgaria. She was a charter member of the USA Gymnastics Federation Rhythmic Gymnastics Committee, developed the first rhythmic compulsory program and became the first Rhythmic Program Director for the U.S. Gymnastics Federation. She organized the first Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championships in 1973 and another in 1983. She was also the USA Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach for the World Championships in 1973. A brevet rated judge, she was the delegation leader for the U.S. rhythmic gymnastics program at three Pan American Games, two Goodwill Games, six World Championships and four Olympic Games. For the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Campbell led a tremendous undertaking sculpting and nurturing, from concept to fruition, the representation of the U.S. in the category of rhythmic gymnastics. Under Campbell’s professional guardianship of the rhythmic gymnastics program, she sent seven individual gymnasts and six group gymnasts to a total of four Olympic Games.
Morgan Hamm – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
Hamm was named to three Olympic Teams (2000, 2004 and 2008), and helped the U.S. men win the team silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. The 200203 U.S. floor exercise champion, Hamm also was a member of the 2003 World Championships Team that claimed the team silver medal. Hamm and his twin brother, Paul, who was also named to the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Teams, made history in 2000 when they became the first twins ever to compete in the same Olympic Games in gymnastics. Hamm earned his exercise science degree from Ohio State in 2007. He is the son of Sandy and Cecily Hamm, and has an older sister, Elizabeth (Betsy), who was a former member of USA Gymnastics Senior National Team. Hamm was coached by 2017 USAG Hall of Fame member Miles Avery.
Bridget Sloan – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
A 2008 Olympic team silver medalist, Sloan was also a world all-around champion and three-time NCAA champion. Sloan made her international debut in 2006 and quickly became an integral part of the 2008 Olympic team that won a silver medal in Beijing. Sloan won the 2009 World Championships all-around title and was the 2009 U.S. all-around, uneven bars, and floor exercise champion. Sloan earned several titles during her winning career at the University of Florida: 2013 NCAA team all-around and balance beam gold and uneven bars silver, 2014 NCAA team and uneven bars gold, 2015 NCAA team gold and vault and uneven bars silver; and 2016 NCAA all-around, uneven bars and balance beam gold. Sloan was also the two-time winner of the Honda Sports Award for Gymnastics (2013 and 2016). Sloan currently resides in her hometown of Orlando, Fla.
Yoichi Tomita – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach
Yoichi has dedicated his life to gymnastics. Starting his career in his native Japan, Yoichi immigrated to the U.S. at 18 and went on to earn several titles in the sport. He became an NCAA Champion on parallel bars in 1975, placed in the NCAA all-around in 1979, and was third in the all-around at the U.S. Championships in 1979. After his competition days were over, Yoichi transitioned to coaching and has had a prolific impact. From his own facility – Gymnastics World in Tucson, Ariz. – Yoichi has produced 13 Junior Olympic all-round champions as well as many junior and senior national team members and was selected as the Assistant Coach for the Olympic Games in 1988 and 2000. In parallel, Yoichi has served as the Chairman of the Men’s Program Committee for the past 15 years, as well as a member of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors.
Jordyn Wieber – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
A 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Wieber was the 2012 U.S. all-around champion and floor exercise silver medalist. Wieber’s international career began in 2007 when she won the uneven bars and balance beam at the 2007 Junior Pan American Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Wieber won the American Cup all-around titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012. At the 2011 World Championships, Wieber was a team and all-around gold medalist as well as a balance beam bronze medalist. She earned the all-around title at the 2011 Visa Championships and won gold for balance beam at the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic. Wieber is currently the head coach of the University of Arkansas women’s gymnastics program.
Mary Wright – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach
Wright grew up as a gymnast in New Zealand. She began her coaching career at the age of 15 and was a club owner by the age of 20, where she led athletes to the 1970 and 1974 World Championships. In 1975 she started her U.S. coaching career in California. Within her first year, she had a gymnast make the 1976 Olympic Team for Canada and had a gymnast compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials. One of her gymnasts went on to win the World Championships Trials for Strasbourg, France, was the 1977 Elite National Champion and twice competed in the American Cup which was then held in Madison Square Garden. In 1980, two of her gymnasts made the U.S. Olympic Team. Wright went on to coach numerous athletes in the 1984 Olympics, the 1985 World Championships, the 1987 World Championships, the 1988 Olympic Games and the 1992 Olympic Games. Her club, Olympus, has consistently been one of the top clubs in Utah and has qualified athletes to Level 10 nationals every year since 1993. They have produced more than 100 state champions and numerous regional champions.