Julianne McNamara is a World and Olympic medalist from 1980-1984. Under the tutelage of coaches Dick and Linda Mulvihill, Don Peters, and finally Bela and Martha Karolyi in 1984, she is of the United States’ most prominent names in the sport of gymnastics.
Her first national title came in 1980 when she won the all-around at the U.S. Championships. She was slated to compete on her first Olympic Team in 1980, but a boycott of those games prevented her from being able to compete. McNamara was the bronze medalist on the uneven bars at the 1981 World Championships.
In both 1981 and 1982, McNamara won the all-around at the American Cup. She placed second in 1983. At the U.S. Championships in 1984, McNamara earned the silver medal in the all-around and won uneven bars. This was the same result at the Olympic Trials, as well.
At the 1984 Olympic Games, McNamara earned a silver medal with the U.S. Team, the silver medal on uneven bars, and a silver medal on floor exercise. McNamara spent three years on the U.S. National Team.