USA Gymnastics recently learned that 1952 Olympian Ruth Grulkowski of Edison Park,Ill., passed away this week after allergic complications from surgery. She was 81.
Grulkowski competed for Bud Beyer–Chicago Acro Theater, then Lincoln Turners. She earned a spot on the 1952 Olympic Team in Helsinki, Finland, where she participated in each apparatus.
A flag was sent in her honor from the U.S. Olympic Committee to the funeral home in Chicago.
Grulkowski is survived by her daughters, Cindy, Lisa and Linda, and three grandchildren, Melissa, Bobby and Carrie.