Dick Beckner

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard Andrew "Dick"•Beckner
Used nameDick•Beckner
Born24 November 1927 in Los Angeles, California (USA)
Died9 September 1997 in Lake Elsinore, California (USA)
Measurements167 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsLos Angeles Turners, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


Dick Beckner competed at the 1956 Olympics for the United States. He won one individual AAU title, the 1956 rings, helping his Los Angeles Turners to the team title in 1959-61. He also won two silver and three bronze medals at the AAUs. Beckner won nine gold medals at the 1955 Pan American Games, winning on the rings, parallel bars, and with the US team in all-around, and in all the team apparatus events. His best event was the parallel bars, which he also won at the Southern Pacific AAU in 1949, 1951, and 1955. Beckner attended Los Angeles State College. He later frequently judged high school and college gymnastics meets. Beckner worked as a high school phys ed teacher, also coaching gymnastics. His brother, Jack Beckner, was the top US gymnast of the 1950s.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) USA Dick Beckner
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 35
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) United States 6
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =41
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =43
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 47
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =29
Rings, Men (Olympic) 17
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 47

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