Lance Ringnald

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Lance Ringnald is a retired American gymnast who participated in the 1988 Olympics. As a 16-year-old, Ringnald moved to New Mexico to train at a local club, Gold Cup Gymnastics. In 1988, Ringnald, at 18, was the youngest male member of a U.S. Olympics Team since 20 years before. At that competition, Ringnald made the all around finals, where he placed 35th. In 1989, he was a member of the US men's World Team.

In 1990, at the Goodwill Games, he had one of his best international results, earning a gold medal on the high bar and bronze medals in the all around and parallel bars. In 1991, he was again a member of the men's World Championships team. That same year, he suffered a torn chest muscle (pectoralis major). One of his few injuries requiring surgery, it happened 10 months before the 1992 Olympics.[1] Ringnald was able to make the 1992 team (as an alternate), which he was grateful for. In 1993, he was again a member of the men's World team, but, later that year, he retired from competition.

Since his retirement, Ringnald has been a cruise ship entertainer, combining gymnastic performance with discussion of his experiences as well as juggling. He also gives seminars on different methods of memorizing lists, facts, numbers, peoples' names, etc.

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  • It's not just gymnastics; it's life: the experiences and insights of Olympic gymnast Lance Ringnald. 2012. By Lance Ringnald and Stacey Lake. ISBN 978-1468151244.

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