has represented the
United States as a gymnastics competitor
or coach in seven Olympic Games,
seven World Championships, and five
Pan American Games—in addition to numerous other major gymnastics
He was head coach of the U.S.
Men’s Olympic Gymnastics Teams of
1972, 1984, and 1988. His 1984 team
won the Combined Exercises championship.
He was also assistant coach of U.S. men for the 1964 Olympics and of
U.S. women for the 1968 Games.
In 1966, 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1987,
Grossfeld served as head coach of the
American Men’s World Gymnastics
Championships teams. From 1981 to
1988, he was a national coach of the
U.S. Gymnastics Team.
In 1982, Grossfeld was head coach
of the U.S. World Cup men’s team. He
was head coach of the U.S. men’s gymnastics
teams for the 1983 and 1987 Pan
American Games and was head coach
of U.S. men competing in the 1986 International
Goodwill Games. He also
coached U.S. gymnasts for three World
Maccabiah Games—1973, 1977 (men
and women), and 1981. His 1981 squad
won three team gold medals.
As a competitor, Grossfeld competed
internationally for the United States
for 15 years, including in the 1956 and
1960 Olympic Games; the World
Championships of 1958 and 1962; the
Pan American Games of 1955, 1959,
and 1963; and the World Maccabiah Games in 1953, 1957, and 1965.
Of his 15 Pan American Games
medals, eight are gold and include three
for Horizontal Bar championships. His
Horizontal Bar gold medal record of
1955 stood until 1987—for 32 years!
Competing in three Maccabiah Games,
he captured 17 gold medals, including 7
in seven events in 1957.
Grossfeld is a 1960 University of
Illinois graduate and received a master’s
degree in 1962. In 1962, he established
the first gymnastics program at
the United States Coast Guard Academy
in New London, Connecticut. Since
1963, he has been a professor of physical
education and head gymnastics
coach at Southern Connecticut State
His many honors include Federation
Internationale de Gymnastique
Master of Sports Award in 1960; election
to the National Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1979, for “achievement as a
gymnast, coach and contributor”; Gymnastics
Federation Coach of the Year in
1984; and that same year, the naming of
a street in New Haven, Connecticut:
Abie Grossfeld Circle.