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Bill Tom

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam "Bill"•Tom
Used nameBill•Tom
Born8 March 1923 in San Francisco, California (USA)
Died31 October 2012
Measurements165 cm / 59 kg
AffiliationsLos Angeles Turners, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


Bill Tom went into the military during World War II but after the war, enrolled at Cal State Los Angeles. In 1949 he won the AAU title on the horse vault, and had several podium finishes on other apparatuses. He competed for the Los Angeles Turners. Tom also competed in diving and placed fifth in an AAU championship, year and event unknown. He worked as a teacher in high school and college, and in 1957-59 also taught at Normal University in Taiwan on a Fulbright Award. Tom later became a world class age-group badminton player and also competed in table tennis and surfed at a high level. He was inducted into the US Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1992.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) USA Bill Tom
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 43
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) United States 6
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =29
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =28
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =31
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 46
Rings, Men (Olympic) =42
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 44