UCLA Great Peter Vidmar Named Chairman of USA Gymnastics Board Of Directors
Jan. 12, 2009
UCLA Hall of Famer and two-time Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar was named in December of 2008 as the chairman of USA Gymnastics Board of Directors.
As chairman, Vidmar will oversee the organization's Board of Directors and play an integral role in USA Gymnastics' international relations, including its efforts with the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). He also will work in concert with the president in building and maintaining a positive relationship with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and other constituents of USA Gymnastics.
Vidmar is a professional speaker who has given more than 1,000 presentations on risk-taking, innovation and quality to the USA's top corporations and associations, as well sales, marketing and management audiences. He has worked as a journalist at the Olympic Games and as a gymnastics television commentator. Vidmar has also published several books and articles.
At the 1984 Olympic Games, Vidmar helped the U.S. men claim their only team gold medal in history and won a second gold medal on the pommel horse with a perfect 10.0 score. His all-around silver medal made him the first U.S. man to medal in the all-around at the Olympic Games. He also earned a team bronze medal at the 1979 World Championships. His U.S. titles include the all-around in 1980 and 1982, as well as winning the all-around at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials. At UCLA, Vidmar won five NCAA titles, including back-to-back all-around titles in 1982 and 1983, and was a 19-time All-American and the 1983 Nissen Award and Olympia Award winner.
In addition to his position on USA Gymnastics' Board of Directors, Vidmar is the vice chairman of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; vice president of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games; and chairman of Ready, Set, Gold Program, which brings more than 50 Olympians into more than 50 public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District to regularly visit students. His past commitments include: U.S. Olympic Ambassador Program (2007-08); co-chairman, U.S. Olympic Committee Summer Sports Summit (2001-04); President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1989-92); Board of Directors and Executive Committee, as well as chairman of the Athletes Advisory Council, USA Gymnastics (1985-92 and 1996-2000); and Board of Directors and Executive Board, U.S. Olympic Committee (1985-87).
Vidmar was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1991 and USA Gymnastics' Hall of Fame in 1997. The 1984 U.S. Olympic Team for men's gymnastics was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2006. He also is a member of: National Fitness Leaders Hall of Fame (1993); UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame (1994); International Gymnastics Hall of Fame (1998); and National Speakers Association CPAE Hall of Fame (2005).
Vidmar, a native of Los Angeles, graduated from UCLA with a BA in Economics. He resides in Coto de Caza, Calif., with his wife and five children.