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Gustav Heinemann

Class of 1959· Disciplines(s): Women's Artistic· Inducted as: Coach

Gustav Heinemann was one of the first-ever women’s gymnastics coaches. He helped to put women’s gymnastics on the map as he coached Roberta Ranck to the 1931 All-Around National Championship— the first in U.S. history. Heinemann and Ranck went on to coach athletes for the 1936 Berlin Games (the first to allow women to compete) and the 1948 London Games, making the two one of the most dynamic coaching duos in the nation’s history. The 1948 team earned the bronze medal under the guidance of Heinemann.