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Abie Grossfeld

Full name: Abraham Israel "Abie" Grossfeld
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: March 1, 1934 in New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: West Side YMCA (NYC) / University of Illinois
Country: USA United States
Sport: Gymnastics

Related Olympians: Husband (divorced) of Muriel Davis-Grossfeld.

Biography

Abie Grossfeld competed at the 1955, 1959, and 1963 Pan American Games, setting a US record, likely never to be bettered, of winning 20 medals and 14 gold medals. He is fourth all-time (through 2015) in number of medals and gold medals at the Pan Ams. Grossfeld also starred at the Maccabiah Games, winning six gold medals in 1953, seven in 1957, and four gold medals in 1965, for 17 golds in all. Grossfeld started out as a cyclist as a youth, winning two titles in the US Junior Olympics in 1949-50. He then turned to gymnastics and eventually competed at the University of Illinois, winning seven Big 10 titles and four NCAA titles between 1957-59. He was also AAU Champion on the horizontal bar in 1955-57 and 1961.

After the 1963 season, Grossfeld turned full-time to coaching, and after one year at the US Coast Guard Academy, he spent 41 years at Southern Connecticut State University. He coached D-2 NCAA Championship teams in 1973, 1975, and 1976. He coached international teams for the USA, starting as an assistant at the 1964 Olympics, and eventually serving as a head coach at the 1972, 1984, and 1988 Olympics. He also coached the USA team at the World Championships in 1966, 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1987. Grossfeld coached internationally over a 28-year span, into the 1990s. He also served as a gymnastics judge at all levels for over 50 years. Grossfeld was married to [Muriel Davis-Grossfeld], who competed in gymnastics at the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Olympics, although they later divorced.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around United States USA 39
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around United States USA 6
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise United States USA 23T
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault United States USA 47T
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars United States USA 43T
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar United States USA 13T
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Rings United States USA 34T
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse United States USA 51T
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around United States USA 36
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around United States USA 5
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise United States USA 39T QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault United States USA 63T QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars United States USA 37T QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar United States USA 15 QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics Men's Rings United States USA 25T QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse United States USA 76 QR

Men's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 39 107.75 53.90 53.85
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 36 110.05 54.60 55.45

Men's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 6
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 5

Men's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 23T 18.40 9.10 9.30
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 39T QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 39T 18.30 8.85 9.45

Men's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 47T 17.95 8.85 9.10
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 63T QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 63T 17.85 8.90 8.95

Men's Parallel Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 43T 17.85 8.75 9.10
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 37T QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 37T 18.45 9.25 9.20

Men's Horizontal Bar

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 13T 18.75 9.35 9.40
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 15 QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 15 18.95 9.30 9.65

Men's Rings

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 34T 17.50 9.20 8.30
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 25T QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 25T 18.75 9.35 9.40

Men's Pommelled Horse

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 51T 17.30 8.65 8.65
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 76 QR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 76 17.75 8.95 8.80
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