Peter Vidmar, the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic history, will serve as an analyst for Westwood One’s coverage of gymnastics during the 2012 London Games.
The winner of numerous national and international titles, Peter finished his successful career at the 1984 Olympic Games. As the USA men’s gymnastics team captain, he led his teammates to America’s first ever team gold medal with their stunning upset victory over the defending world champions, the People’s Republic of China. He went on to win the silver medal in the individual all-around competition (the first American to win an Olympic All-Around medal), and with a perfect score of 10, he captured the gold medal on the pommel horse.
Peter continues to contribute to the Olympic movement today. He is the Chairman of the Board of USA Gymnastics, the national governing body of gymnastics in the United States. He has served as the Co-Chairman of the US Olympic Committee Summer Sports Summit, an annual series of workshops designed to prepare America’s medal hopefuls to win gold in future Olympics. He also serves as a USOC Olympic Ambassador, helping to prepare all of America’s athletes on working with the media and to represent the United States with character and respect.
For many years, Peter has also worked as the gymnastics commentator for CBS Sports and ESPN. He continues to work as a journalist, broadcaster and corporate spokesperson at each summer Olympics. Peter has served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, the Executive Board of the United States Olympic Committee, and the Executive Committee of USA Gymnastics. He was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as the Vice Chair of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and is the Vice President of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.
Peter is one of only three athletes inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame twice; first as an individual, then as a member of the historic 1984 USA men’s gymnastics team. He is also the author of Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity: The Keys to a Perfect 10.
Peter in action on the pommel horse.
Peter Vidmar's Posts
LONDON – Aly Raisman finished the London 2012 Olympics in style, capturing gold on the floor and bronze on the balance beam. The 18-year-old from Massachusetts nailed her floor exercise routine to finish well ahead of the…Read More »
LONDON – Gabby Douglas was unable to repeat her all-around heroics on Monday night in the finals of the uneven bars. The 16-year-old two-time gold medalist missed one of the elements of her routine and finished 8th in the event – but she still has one more chance at a…Read More »
LONDON – Gabby Douglas become the third consecutive American woman to win the Olympic all-around gymnastics championship, edging out Viktoria Komova of Russia. Douglas follows 2008 all-around champ Nastia Liukin and 2004 gold-medal-winner Carly Patterson. Fellow American Aly Raisman just missed out on a medal of her own, finishing in…Read More »
LONDON – Halfway through the men’s all-around gymnastics competition things were not looking good for Team USA. After faltering in the team competition earlier this week, the Americans were off to a slow start on Wednesday. But Danell Leyva changed all that with spectacular routines on the parallel bars and…Read More »
LONDON – Magnificent Seven… meet the Fab Five. Or maybe the Fierce Five (listen below)? The U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team won America’s first team gold medal since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta with a dominating performance on Tuesday night. The Americans started strongly on the vault and never looked…Read More »
LONDON – While the U.S. men’s gymnastics team fell apart, China re-captured its dominating form. Fall after fall shattered the American hopes for gold – or even a medal of any variety – while the Chinese once again reminded everyone why they haven’t lost at a major competition in eight…Read More »
LONDON – It was a bittersweet day for the American women’s gymnastics team after the qualifying round at the London 2012 Olympic Games. As a team, the Americans are in great shape, having posted the best score heading into Tuesday’s team finals. But there was disappointment for reigning world champion…Read More »
LONDON – A day after the men of Team USA took the top qualifying spot in gymnastics, the women’s squad will be looking to match the feat. Qualifying in the women’s gymnastics competition begins on Sunday and the Americans are among the favorites, with many tipping the fivesome of Gabby…Read More »