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Lydia Bree

Class of 2012· Disciplines(s): Rhythmic· Inducted as: Athlete

One of America’s most accomplished rhythmic gymnasts, Bree was the 1982 U.S. all-around champion and USA Gymnastics Athlete of the Year. She was an alternate for the 1984 Olympic Team. She also earned five U.S. all-around silver medals, as well as won the all-around crown at the 1981 U.S. Olympic Festival. She competed at four World Championships and many other international events.

In addition to her athletic achievements, Bree has also been a highly successful rhythmic coach. She is one of the few individuals to win both a national title and to coach a national champion. Bree was named the 1992 USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach of the Year.

In addition to serving as a rhythmic gymnastics judge, she also has been a club owner and an elementary school teacher. Bree holds a master’s degree in educational curriculum development and a liberal arts bachelor’s degree. Currently, she resides in Torrance, Calif., with her husband and two daughters.