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Linda Metheny

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameLinda Joan•Metheny (-Mulvihill)
Used nameLinda•Metheny
Born12 August 1947 in Olney, Illinois (USA)
Measurements156 cm / 49 kg
AffiliationsMcKinley YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association)
NOC United States

Biography

Linda Metheny competed at the 1964 Olympics and then enrolled at the University of Illinois. She won seven intercollegiate championships in the era before AIAW and NCAA competition, winning the all-around, beam and floor in 1968-69, and the beam in 1967. At the 1968 Olympics Metheny became the first American woman to make the finals of a gymnastics events, placing in a tie for fourth on the beam. At the Pan American Games, Metheny won 7 golds and 11 medals, including individual golds in all-around in 1967, floor exercises in 1967 and 1971, and vault and beam in 1967. She helped the US team to team gold medals both years. Metheny won 16 US Elite Championships, both in the AAU and USGF meets, winning the all-around at the AAUs in 1966 and 1968-72. She was coached by Dick Mulvihill and Metheny and Mulvihill married in 1973. Metheny-Mulvihill later became a judge both nationally and internationally, judging at four World Championships. She and her husband have operated the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics (NAAG) in Eugene, Oregon since 1973. He was inducted into the US Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1985.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) USA Linda Metheny
Individual All-Around, Women (Olympic) 36
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) United States 9
Floor Exercise, Women (Olympic) 46 r1/2
Horse Vault, Women (Olympic) =56 r1/2
Uneven Bars, Women (Olympic) 19 r1/2
Balance Beam, Women (Olympic) =22 r1/2
1968 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) USA Linda Metheny
Individual All-Around, Women (Olympic) 28
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) United States 6
Floor Exercise, Women (Olympic) 32 r1/2
Horse Vault, Women (Olympic) =31 r1/2
Uneven Bars, Women (Olympic) =34 r1/2
Balance Beam, Women (Olympic) =4
1972 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) USA Linda Metheny
Individual All-Around, Women (Olympic) 36
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) United States 4
Floor Exercise, Women (Olympic) =13 r1/1
Horse Vault, Women (Olympic) =28 r1/1
Uneven Bars, Women (Olympic) 35 r1/1
Balance Beam, Women (Olympic) =35 r1/1

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