Sean Townsend

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSean Lanier•Townsend
Used nameSean•Townsend
Born20 January 1979 in Temple, Texas (USA)
Measurements161 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsTeam Gattaca HGA
NOC United States


Sean Townsend was a gymnast who competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 1999 and 2001 World Championships. In 2001 he won the World title on parallel bars and led the USA team to a silver team medal. He also appeared at five American Cups (1999, 2001-03, 2005) and five World Cups (1999, 2002, 2005-07).

Townsend was on the US National Team from 1999-2008. In 2001 he won the USA Championships in all-around, floor exercise, parallel bars, and the rings, and was US Champion on parallel bars in 2002. Townsend retired after the 2008 Olympic Trials. He was an eight-time medalist at World Cup events, with three silver and five bronze medals.

In 2001, Townsend was a finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award. He was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2017.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2000 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) USA Sean Townsend
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 65 r1/2
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) United States 5
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =26 r1/1
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =16 r1/1
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =13 r1/1
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =11 r1/1