John Macready began the sport of gymnastics along with his brother Oliver,
when he was just five years old. With over 20 years of hard work and
dedication John became one of our nation's top gymnasts.
However, the road to the top was not an easy one. This 1996 Olympian
and two-time World Championship Team Member has made numerous sacrifices
to reach his goals. By age 14, John made the decision to move away
from his parent's home in order to train more seriously. He made the
Junior National Team that year and never took his eyes off the goal
of reaching the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1993 John moved
again and joined the team at the United States Olympic Training Center
in Colorado Springs to train with our nation's best.
The two moves quickly paid off and consequently John became a member
of the 1995 World Championship Team. In 1996 John reached his lifetime
goal and became an Olympian. He was the youngest member of the 1996
USA men's Olympic gymnastics' team, one of the strongest USA men's
Olympic teams since 1984. After the incredible post-Olympic nationwide
John Hancock gymnastics tour, John had only a short time to prepare
for the 1997 World Championships in Switzerland. He was suffering
from a shoulder problem that later had to be corrected with surgery.
However, John never let up, and pushed through the meet as the USA
team captain. John is known for his uncanny ability to compete well
under pressure, as well as his excellent bodylines and form. If there
is a job to be done, John goes above and beyond the call of duty and
gets it accomplished.
John is not only an exceptional athlete and talented entertainer,
but more importantly he is an incredible human being. He is very active
in community service. He has worked with the Make a Wish Foundation
and currently hosts the annual "John Macready March of Dimes
Invitational." His hard work, dedication, and sacrifice illustrates
what the Olympic movement is all about. John enjoys his role as a
spokesperson for USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee
at numerous meetings, symposiums, and clinics.
Entertainment is in John's blood! His father is a producer/director,
his mother an actress, and both brother and grandfather are actors.
This must have something to do with why he has become the premier
entertainer in the sport of gymnastics.
John currently utilizes his talents by producing the routines for
the professional Reese's Gymnastics Cup on NBC. He is also the master
of ceremonies for all major USA Gymnastics events and is renowned
as a motivator and entertainer to many corporations and organizations
in America. To sum John up in a few words, "he is a great person
and an amazing performer!"
See John in action
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