American Men's Olympic Gymnasts Since 1904

American Men's Olympic Gymnasts Since 1904

Gymnast Jonathan Horton of the United States performing on the parallel bars

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The U.S. men dominated the first modern Olympics in 1904, sweeping all three medals with teams that represented Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago. Since then, the roster size has slimmed down considerably, and since 2012, only five men have had the honor of being named to the U.S. Olympic team every four years. Here's the U.S. men's Olympic team roster for all of the Games.

1904

The largest men's gymnastics squad ever to represent the United States in the Olympics took home nine gold medals, four silver, and six bronze. The participants included:

William P. Andelfinger, George Aschenbrenner, Ottoa Balhinke, M. Barry, M. Bascher, Bernard Berg, Ragner Berg, Emil Beyer, John Bissinger, Otto Boehnke, Barney Chimberhoff, John Dellert, Jr., Christian Deubler, John Duha, James Dwyner, George Eyser, Otto Feyder, M. Fischer, William Friedrich, Herman Glass, John Grieb, Theodore Gross, L. Guerner, P. Gussman, Harry Hansen, G. Hammerling, Anton Heida, Ed Henning, William Hersog, Max Hess, William Horschke, L. Hunger, Anthony Jahnke, Phillip Kassell, Leander Keim, Andreas Kempf, Clarence Kiddington, Otto Knerr, Louis Kniep, Henry Koeder, Henry Kraft, Charles Krause, Alvin Kritschman, Rudolph Krupitzer, Oluf Landnes, Michael Lang, John Leichinger, Martin Ludwig, George Mastrovich, Robert Mayack, William Merz, John Messell, Hy Meyland, Otto Neimand, Andrew Neu, Bergin Nilsen, Oliver Olsen, A. Plag, Henry Prinzler, Edward Pueschell, Frank Raad, L. Rathke, Walter Real, Ernest Reckeweg, Robert Reynolds, P. Ritter, K. Roedeck, Otto Roissner, Arthur Rosenkampf, Emil Rothe, Frank Schicke, Fred Schmidt, Julian Schmits, Rudolph Schrader, Willard Schrader, Philip Schuster, Charles Schwartz, Emil Schwegler, Edward Siegler, Philip Sontag, Charles Sorum, Lorenz Spann, Christian Sperl, George Stapf, Otto Steffen, Paul Studel, Theodore Studler, Arthur Sundby, Max Thomas, Otto Thomsen, William Traband, Edward Tritschler, Richard Tritschler, William Tritschler, Charles Umbs, Emil Voight, Reinhard Wagner, Harry Warnken, J.Wassow, Ralph Wilson, K.Woerner, John Wolf, Max Wolf, and Wilhelm Zabel

1920

The 1908 and 1912 Olympics included very few men's gymnastics events, and the 1916 Games were canceled due to World War I. By 1920, the U.S. team had decreased in size considerably and was no longer the dominant squad it had been in 1904. The team did take home one medal; Frank Kriz won gold in the vault. The participants included:

Bjorne Jorgensen, Frank Kriz, Paul Krempel, John Mais, and Roy Moore, coach

1924

Italy, Denmark, and Sweden were the top finishers in men's gymnastics at the 1924 Games, which included far fewer events than in 1904. The U.S. participants included:

Alfred Jochim, Frank Kriz, John Mais, Rudolph Novak, John Pearson, Curt Rottman, Frank Safanda, and Max C.H. Wandrer. Alternates included John Andreasen, Charles Cremer, Francis Kruse, and Adolph Zink. Roy E. Moore served as coach.

1928

The men's gymnastic events at the 1928 Games in Amsterdam were dominated by Switzerland, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia; the U.S. did not medal but did send a slightly larger team than in 1924, including:

Glenn Berry, Paul Krempel, Frank Kriz, Frank Haubold, Alfred Jochim, Harold Newhart, John Pearson, and Herman Witzig, along with coach Roy E. Moore and trainer Herbert G. Forsell.

1932

The U.S. sent a much larger team to the 1932 Games in Los Angeles, bringing home a total of 16 medals, including five gold, six silver, and five bronze. Participants included:

Raymond Bass, George Gulack, Richard Bishop, Frank Haubold, Dallas Bixler, William Herrmann, Ed Carmichael, Alfred Jochim, Thomas Conley, William Kuhlemeier, Frank Cumiskey, Frederick Meyer, William Denton, George Roth, Phil Erenberg, Michael Schuler, W.G. Galbraith, Herman Witzig, Marcel Gleyre, Rowland Wolfe, Edward Gross, and Jacob Hertenbahn. Franz Kanis served as coach, Herbert G. Forsell was the trainer, and Roy E. Moore was the team manager.

1936

Germany dominated the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, followed by Switzerland. The U.S. men's gymnastics participants included:

Frank Cumiskey, Kenneth Griffin, Frank Haubold, Alfred Jochim, Frederick Meyer, Chester Phillips, Arthur Pitt, and George Wheeler, with coach Joseph Oszy, manager Herbert G. Forsell, and chairman Roy E. Moore.

1948

World War II caused the cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Olympics, but in 1948, the Games returned to London, where Switzerland, Finland, and Hungary dominated the men's gymnastics competition, while the U.S. was shut out of the medals. U.S. participants included.

William Bonsall, Frank Cumisky, Vincent Dí Autorio, Joseph Kotys, Bill Roetzheim, Jr., Edward Scrobe, and Raymond Sorenson, with alternate Louis John Bordo, coach Eugene Wettstone, and manager George Gulack.

1952

The Soviet Union dominated men's gymnastics in 1952, followed by Switzerland and Finland. The U.S. was again shut out of the medals but did send the following participants to the Games:

Jack Beckner, Walter Blattman, Donald Holder, Bill Roetzheim, Jr., Edward Scrobe, Charles Simms, Robert Stout, and Vincent D’Autorio. Thomas Maloney served as coach and Frank Cumiskey as manager

1956

The Soviet Union captured most of the U.S. men's gymnastics medals in 1952, while Japan also grabbed its share. U.S. participants included:

Jack Beckner, Richard Beckner, Abie Grossfeld, Charles Simms, William Tom, and Armando Vega, with alternate Karl Schier, coach Eugene Wettstone, and chairman Roy E. Moore.

1960

The Soviet Union, Japan, and Italy dominated the sport at the 1960 Games in Rome, where U.S. participants included:

Larry Banner, Jack Beckner, Abie Grossfeld, Garland OíQuinn, Fred Orlofsky, and Don Tonry, with Tom Maloney as coach.

1964

Japan, the Soviet Union, and East Germany won most of the medals at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, which included U.S. participants:

Larry Banner, Ronald Barak, Rusty Mitchell, Makoto Sakamoto, Art Shurlock, and Greg Weiss, with alternate Armando Vega, coach John Muir, assistant coach Abie Grossfeld, and manager Tom Maloney.

1968

Japan and the Soviet Union again won most of the medals at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, which included U.S. participants:

Kanati Allen, Steve Cohen, Sidney Freudenstein, Steve Hug, Fred Roethlisberger, and Dave Thor, with alternate Richard Loyd, coach John Beckner, and manager Bill T. Meade.

1972

Japan and the Soviet Union continued their dominance at the Munich Games, but the U.S. did take home a single medal—a bronze, which Peter Kormann won for his floor exercise routine. U.S. participants included:

Marshal Avener, John Crosby, Jim Culhane, George Greenfield, Steve Hug, and Makoto Sakamoto, with alternate Jim Ivicek, coach Abie Grossfeld, and manager Eric Hughes.

1976

The Soviet Union and Japan continued to rack up medals at the Montreal Summer Games, which included U.S. participants:

Marshal Avener, Bart Conner, Thomas Beach, Peter Kormann, Kurt Thomas, and Wayne Young, with alternate Gene Whelan, coach Karl Schwenzfeier, and manager Gene Wettstone.

1980

The Soviet Union, Hungary, and East Germany won most of the medals at the Summer Games in Moscow. Though the U.S. officially boycotted the Games, some athletes did compete under the Olympic flag, including U.S. gymnasts:

Bart Conner, Phil Cahoy, Ron Galimore, Larry Gerard, Jim Hartung, Peter Vidmar, and Mike Wilson. Francis Allen was the team coach and Bill Meade was the assistant coach.

1984

U.S. gymnasts won a gold medal in the team competition at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, which the Soviet Union boycotted. U.S. participants included:

Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, Jim Hartung, Scott Johnson, Peter Vidmar. James Mikus was the team alternate, Abie Grossfeld was coach, and Makoto Sakamoto was assistant coach.

1988

The U.S. men's gymnastics team was again kept off the medals podium at the Seoul Games dominated by the Soviet Union and East Germany. U.S. participants included:

Kevin Davis, Scott Johnson, Charles Lakes, Dominick Minicucci, Lance Ringnald, and Wes Suter, with Tom Schlesinger, alternate; Abie Grossfeld, coach; and Yoichi Tomita, assistant coach.

1992

Trent Dimas won a gold medal for the U.S. on the horizontal bar at the Barcelona Games, which were otherwise dominated by the Unified Team—representing 12 of 15 countries of the former Soviet Union—as well as China and Japan. U.S. participants included:

Trent Dimas, Scott Keswick, Jair Lynch, Dominick Minicucci, John Roethlisberger, and Chris Waller. Lance Ringnald was the alternate, Francis Allen was coach, and Fred Roethlisberger was assistant coach.

1996

U.S. gymnast Jair Lynch won an individual silver medal on the parallel bars at the Atlanta Games, which were dominated by Russia, China, and the Ukraine. U.S. participants included:

Mihai Bagiu, Jair Lynch, John Macready, John Roethlisberger, Kip Simons, Chainey Umphrey, and Blaine Wilson, with coach Peter Kormann and assistant coach Mark Williams.

2000

China, Russia, and the Ukraine dominated the Sydney Games, where the U.S. was shut out of the medals. U.S. participants included:

Morgan Hamm, Paul Hamm, Stephen McCain, John Roethlisberger, Sean Townsend, and Blaine Wilson. Jamie Natalie was alternate; Peter Kormann, coach; Yoichi Tomita, assistant coach; and Barry Weiner, assistant coach.

2004 

Paul Hamm won the all-around individual gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, while the U.S. won the silver medal in the team competition. U.S. participants included:

Jason Gatson, Morgan Hamm, Paul Hamm, Brett McClure, Blaine Wilson, and Guard Young. Alternates were Raj Bhavsar and Stephen McCain. Coaches included Kevin Mazeika, head coach; Miles Avery, assistant coach; Vitaly Marinitch, coach; and Mark Williams, coach.

2008

The U.S. won the bronze in the men's gymnastics team competition at the Beijing Olympics, while Jonathan Horton won a silver medal on the horizontal bar. U.S. participants included:

Alexander (Sasha) Artemev, Raj Bhavsar, Joseph Hagerty, Jonathan Horton, and Justin Spring, with team captain Kevin Tan. David Durante was alternate. Coaches included Kevin Mazeika, head coach; Miles Avery, assistant coach; Mark Williams, coach; Vitaly Marinitch, coach; Jon Valdez, coach; Randy Jepson, coach; and Nori Iwai, coach.

2012

Danell Leyva won an individual bronze medal in the all-around men's gymnastics competition at the London Games, but the U.S. was otherwise shut out of the medals. China and Japan dominated the competition, but Great Britain did pick up a few medals. U.S. participants included:

Jake Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva, Sam Mikulak, and John Orozco. The alternates were Chris Brooks, Steven Legendre, and Alex Naddour. Coaches included Kevin Mazeika, head coach; Tom Meadows, assistant coach; Mark Williams, coach; Yin Alvarez, coach; Kurt Golder, coach; and Vitaly Marinitch, coach.

2016

Danell Leyva won silver medals in the parallel bars and horizontal bar competitions, and Alex Naddour won a bronze on the pommel horse. U.S. men's gymnastics competitors at the Rio Games included:

Chris Brooks, Jake Dalton, Danell Leyva, Sam Mikulak, and Alex Naddour, with alternates Akash Modi and Donnell Whittenburg. Coaches included Mark Williams, head coach; Andriy Stepanchenko, coach; Yin Alvarez, coach; Mike Naddour, coach; and Vitaly Marinitch, coach.