ELECTED MEMBERS
   
Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted
GEORGE GULACK

Sport: Gymnastics
Inducted: 1984
Country: United States
Born: May 12, 1905 in Riga, Latvia
Died: July 28, 1987

George Gulack won a gold medal in Flying Rings at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. His gold medal marked the United States’ last Olympic men’s gymnastics championship for 52 years—until the U.S. Team captured an assortment of medals at the 1984 Olympic Games. (Only one U.S. gymnastics medal was won during the 52-
year drought, a bronze in 1976.)

As a 16-year-old student, Gulack won the Latvian All-Around Championship in 1921. Between 1928 and 1935, he won four U.S. Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles, two on the Rings and one each on Parallel Bars and Floor Exercises.

Upon retiring from competition in 1935, Gulack became a force on the administration side of gymnastics. In 1948, he helped draft a new set of AAU rules designed to conform with international regulations, a major advance in the American national gymnastics program. That same year, he served as manager of the U.S. men’s and women’s Olympic gymnastic teams.

Gulack served as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1934 to 1958; chairman of the AAU Gymnastics Technical Committee from 1936 to 1958; chairman of the AAU Gymnastics
Committee in 1958; U.S. Olympic Gymnastics chairman in 1960 and 1964; a member of the executive committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) in 1960, and FIG vice president from 1964 to 1972; president of the PanAmerican Gymnastics Federation
in 1959; and honorary chairman of the Central American Gymnastics Federation in 1970.

 

 
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