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Jack Beckner

Full name: John Gilbert "Jack" Beckner
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: June 9, 1930 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 16, 2016 in Studio City, California, United States
Affiliations: USC Trojans, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Gymnastics

Related Olympians: Brother of Dick Beckner.

Biography

Jack Beckner was considered the greatest American male gymnast of the 1950s, competing for the US at the 1952, 1956, and 1960 Olympics. His greatest tournament was certainly the 1955 Pan American Games where Beckner set an all-time Games record by winning 11 gold medals, including the individual and team all-around, three individual apparatus golds, and golds in all six team apparatus events. Beckner added six more medals at the 1959 Pan Am Games, with four golds, one silver, and one bronze, for a Pan American total of 15 gold medals, and 17 medals in all. The 15 gold medals is the second most all-time, trailing only Cuban gymnast [Eric López], who has 18. His 17 medals is the second most by an American, trailing only gymnast [Abie Grossfeld].

At the AAU, Beckner was US all-around champion in 1956-59, won the high bar in 1958 and 1960; and the parallel bars in 1953, 1956, and 1958-59; the floor exercise in 1955, and the pommeled horse in 1959. Beckner competed at Southern Cal where he won three NCAA titles, including the 1952 all-around and 1951-52 parallel bars. He later became the long-time coach at his alma mater (1957-81). Beckner also served as a judge at the national and international level. He taught middle school and high school for many years. He also coached at Southern Cal, leading them to the 1960 NCAA team title. He is a member of the USC Athletic Hall of Fame, the National Judges’ Cumiskey Hall of Fame in 1989, and the US Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1976.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around United States USA 81
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around United States USA 8
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise United States USA 84T
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault United States USA 87T
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars United States USA 81T
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar United States USA 59
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Rings United States USA 160
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse United States USA 88T
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around United States USA 17
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around United States USA 6
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise United States USA 16T
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault United States USA 7T
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars United States USA 15
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar United States USA 7
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Rings United States USA 31
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse United States USA 25
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around United States USA 25
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around United States USA 5
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise United States USA 35T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault United States USA 46T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars United States USA 26T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar United States USA 22T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics Men's Rings United States USA 55T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse United States USA 18T QR

Men's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics United States Final Standings 81 103.40 50.85 52.55
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 17 111.00 55.30 55.70
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 25 110.85 55.30 55.55

Men's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 8
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 6
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 5

Men's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics United States Final Standings 84T 17.40 8.15 9.25
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 16T 18.50 9.25 9.25
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 35T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 35T 18.35 9.20 9.15

Men's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics United States Final Standings 87T 18.05 9.25 8.80
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 7T 18.60 9.25 9.35
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 46T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 46T 18.10 8.90 9.20

Men's Parallel Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics United States Final Standings 81T 17.85 8.85 9.00
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 15 18.75 9.40 9.35
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 26T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 26T 18.70 9.45 9.25

Men's Horizontal Bar

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics United States Final Standings 59 18.00 9.10 8.90
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 7 19.00 9.40 9.60
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 22T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 22T 18.75 9.25 9.50

Men's Rings

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics United States Final Standings 160 15.10 7.10 8.00
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 31 17.75 8.70 9.05
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 55T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 55T 18.25 9.10 9.15

Men's Pommelled Horse

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Gymnastics United States Final Standings 88T 17.00 8.40 8.60
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 25 18.40 9.30 9.10
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Final Standings 18T QR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Gymnastics United States Qualifying 18T 18.70 9.40 9.30
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