Clearly the best-known and most highly-regarded authority in the annals of American gymnastics, Abie Grossfeld can rightfully boast of being a 3-time United States Olympic Head Coach who championed our Men’s Olympic Gymnastics Team to its first-ever Team Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In addition to also serving as an Assistant Gymnastics Coach in two other Olympic Games, Coach Grossfeld represented the United States as a competitor on two Olympic Gymnastics Teams. Having been involved in a total of seven Olympic Games, Abie also competed on behalf of the United States in seven World Gymnastics Championships, six World Maccabiah Games, and five Pan American Games.
Abie has served as a judge in innumerable gymnastics competitions at both the national and international levels and is well-known throughout the world for his keen eye and expert knowledge of elite movement technique. Having achieved the highest possible rating in gymnastics judging i.e., an F.I.G. “Brevet” judge, Abie’s vast knowledge of the gymnastics discipline is recognized by virtually everyone across the board.
Coach Grossfeld’s special awards are numerous and include his having been inducted into both the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (2012), as well as into the U.S. National Gymnastics Hall of Fame (1979). Abie also received the USA Gymnastics “Spirit of the Flame Award” (1999) and, as a collegiate competitor, was awarded both the “Big 10 Medal of Honor” and the University of Illinois “Athlete of the Year (1959). Perhaps most impressive is the fact that Abie Grossfeld as a gymnastics professional in the United States was named by Sports Illustrated as among The Greatest Sports Figures of the 20th Century.
Every summer, gymnastics professionals come from around the world to attend his lectures and courses which are held annually at IGC University. As a Master Teacher and Clinician, Abie Grossfeld’s wealth of gymnastics knowledge continues to be an inspiration for so many in our industry.