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Sandra Ruddick

Full name: Sandra Marlene Ruddick (Anderson-, -John)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: September 3, 1932 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Affiliations: Athenaeum Turners
Country: USA United States
Sport: Gymnastics

Biography

Sandra Ruddick grew up in Indianapolis and at the time of the 1956 Olympics was married with two children, quite unusual for an Olympic gymnast. She competed for the Athenaeum Turners, coached by Walter “Lefty” Lienert and was 1954 National American Turner champion. In 1956 she won the Central States AAU meet, and at the AAU Meet, which doubled as the Olympic Trials, Ruddick won the all-around, as well as the horse vault and uneven bars.

Ruddick eventually married four times, her fourth in 1976 to Alfred John. In the early 1970s, while a single mother, one of her children badly hurt an arm and to help pay for it, Ruddick worked in nightclubs all around the Mideast, in what is described in newspapers variously as a dancer, go-go-girl, or stripper, but she emphasized that her dancing was tasteful and incorporated many of her gymnastics moves. She was a member of the charter class of the Indiana Gymnastics Hall of Fame, inducted in 2012.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around United States USA 51
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around United States USA 9
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Team Portable Apparatus United States USA 9
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise United States USA 53T
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault United States USA 46T
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars United States USA 46T
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam United States USA 55

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 51 69.133 35.166 33.966

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 9

Women's Team Portable Apparatus

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank PTS
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 9 67.60

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 53T 17.533 9.100 8.433

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 46T 17.800 8.933 8.866

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 46T 17.333 8.800 8.533

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Gymnastics United States Final Standings 55 16.466 8.333 8.133
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