Julianne McNamara

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Julianne McNamara
— Gymnast —
Julianne McNamara 2016.jpg
Personal information
Full name Julianne Lyn McNamara
Country represented  United States
Born (1965-10-11) October 11, 1965 (age 51)
Spouse Todd Zeile (1989–2015)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Eponymous skills McNamara (Uneven Bars)
Retired 1987

Julianne Lyn McNamara (born October 11, 1965) is an American former artistic gymnast, who was born to Australians Jean and Kevin McNamara. She was the winner of the U.S. women's first individual event gold medal in Olympic history.[citation needed]


McNamara won the 1980 US all-around title and earned a spot on the Olympic team that boycotted the Moscow Games. A year later, at the World Championships that were coincidentally also held in Moscow, McNamara notched the top U.S. women's world all-around finish (seventh place) at that point in history. She also earned a bronze medal on bars, seventh on floor and finished fifth on beam—she had entered the beam final in first place but went overtime in the final.[citation needed]

At the 1982 World Cup, McNamara fell off the bars to place eighth all-around. In finals, however, she earned a bronze on vault and a seventh place on beam. At the 1983 world championships, she finished 16th all-around, sixth on vault, and seventh on uneven bars.[citation needed]

In 1982, The Flower Council of Holland, headed by namesake Dutch Queen Juliana, christened the Julianne McNamara rose. At the time, the only other American woman to be so honored was the then U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan.[citation needed]

The climax of McNamara's athletic career was at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. There, she tied Ma Yanhong from China for first on the uneven bars (both gymnasts scored 10.00), won the silver on floor, and placed fourth all-around.[citation needed]

Eponymous Skills[edit]

Uneven Bars: Jump to clear support – clear hip circle with half turn (mount; D).[citation needed]


Although the 1984 Olympics was her last formal competition, McNamara did not retire officially until 1987. Her international accomplishments are considered to have played a major role in spotlighting the U.S. women's team in the early 1980s. Even though she only had the opportunity to be named the national All-Around champion in 1980, she was internationally recognized as the top American gymnast from 1981 to 1984.[citation needed]

Upon her retirement from gymnastics, McNamara embarked on an acting career, appearing in television shows such as Charles in Charge and Knight Rider. She also did color commentary for some television gymnastics coverage.[citation needed]

In 1989, McNamara married baseball player Todd Zeile, whom she met while attending UCLA. She retired from her acting career, and the couple had four children together. They divorced in January 2015.[citation needed]



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