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Tamara Levinson

Class of 2011· Disciplines(s): Rhythmic· Inducted as: Athlete

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Levinson is one of the highest-ranked rhythmic gymnasts in U.S. history.

To assist in her training, Levinson’s parents opened Rhythmflex in Rockville, Md. Levinson made her mark in the senior division when she earned one of the USA’s two spots to compete in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, where she made her international debut at just 16 years of age. She went on to finish 19th at the 1992 World Rhythmic Championships. Levinson was the 1993-94 U.S. champion and competed in the 1993 World Championships.

Following a brief break, Levinson helped the USA win the team gold medal at the 1995 Pan American Games, where she also won the gold medal for ribbon, the all-around silver medal, and bronze medals for rope, ball, and clubs. She was coached by Catherine Yakimovich.

Levinson retired from competition in 1995 and went on to perform in many different shows in New York, including three Madonna world tours and two off-Broadway hits. She was part of the creative process and danced in Twyla Tharp’s “The Times, They Are A-Changin’.”