Bart Conner

Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics
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Bart Conner is America’s most decorated male gymnast, and the first American to win medals at every level of national and international competition. Conner has been a USA Champion, NCAA Champion, Pan-American Games Champion, World Champion, World Cup Champion, and an Olympic Champion. He was a member of the three Olympic Teams in 1976, 1980 and 1984. But it was in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where Conner made a dramatic comeback from a second torn biceps injury to win two gold medals on the team and parallel bars.

Conner now co-owns a flourishing gymastics school with his wife, Olympic Champion Nadia Comaneci, and his former college coach, Paul Ziert, who serves as the school manager. They also own “International Gymnast” magazine, and a television production company, Perfect 10 Productions. Along with some of his fellow Olympic medalists, including John Naber, Dan Jansen and Jeff Blatnick, Conner co-wrote a book in 1999 called “Awaken the Olympian Within.”

Like many sports celebrities, Conner has dabbled in both films and television. In 1984, he earned his degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Oklahoma. He still enjoys high visibility as a television color commentator and public speaker. He has worked as an announcer for Fox Sports Net, ESPN, TNT, ABC, NBC, CBS, and HBO. Conner also serves on the Executive Board of Special Olympics International and is a national vice-president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 1991, he was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, and in 1996 was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Today, Conner travels continuously as a popular public speaker delivering his inspirational message.


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