Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
This year, three teams are being inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Read about the inductees and their amazing achievements below.
Known as The Fierce Five, Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance, McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Calif./All-Olympia Gymnastics, Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA, made history at the 2012 Olympic Games in London by winning the United States’ second-ever women’s Olympic team gold medal in gymnastics and the first at an Olympics held outside the USA. Their runaway victory of more than a five-point margin came 16 years after Atlanta’s Magnificent Seven captured Team USA’s first team gold in 1996. In addition to the team gold, Douglas won the all-around gold medal; Raisman captured the floor exercise gold and balance beam bronze medals; and Maroney earned the vault silver medal.
Ivana Hong of Laguna Hills, Calif./GAGE, Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics, Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas/WOGA, Samantha Peszek of Indianapolis, Ind./DeVeau’s Gymnastics, Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, and Shayla Worley of Orlando/Orlando Metro, along with alternate Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind./Sharp’s Gymnastics, captured the 2007 World team gold medal in Stuttgart, Germany. The team’s victory was the USA’s second-ever team gold and the first outside the United States. The team claimed six medals in addition to their team victory: Johnson’s two individual gold medals (all-around, floor); Liukin’s win on the balance beam and uneven bars silver; and Sacramone’s silver on floor and bronze on vault.
Comprised of Yuliya Hall Brown of Idaho Falls, Idaho/Idaho Elite Gymnastics, Susannah Johnson of Roanoke, Va./Capital Gymnastics, Leanne Seitzinger of Woodbridge, Va./Novaks Gymnastics Center, and Kaitlin Tortorich of Lacombe, La./Capital Gymnastics National Center, the team earned the gold medal in women’s tumbling at the 2007 World Championships in Quebec City, Canada. The gold medal represents the first and only women’s gold medal for trampoline and tumbling at the World Championships since the discipline came under the USA Gymnastics umbrella in 1999.