Erna Wachtel

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Erna Wachtel
Erna Wachtel 1956.jpg
Wachtel coaching in 1956
Personal information
BornApril 3, 1907
Racibórz, Poland (then Prussia)
DiedJune 1, 1995 (aged 88)
Chicago, U.S.
SportArtistic gymnastics
ClubLincoln Turners

Erna Wachtel (April 3, 1907 – June 1, 1995)[1] was an American artistic gymnast, coach and judge. Born in Germany, she immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. There she won multiple AAU titles, and in 1944 was named an Honorary Olympic Team member, for the games that were cancelled due to World War II. After retiring from competitions served as an AAU functionary, international referee, and national gymnastics coach, preparing the American women's gymnastics team to the 1956 Summer Olympics. From 1957 to 1973, she taught physical education at the Chicago Park District. In 1974 she was inducted into the U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Wachtel never married.[2][3]


  1. ^ Erna Wachtel – Death Record Chicago, Illinois.
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