Two years after starting as a gymnastics competitor, Linda Metheny made the U.S. Olympic Team, which was her first of two appearances. In her career, she competed at the World Championships, Pan American Games, and AAU and collegiate championships for the University of Illinois, where she excelled in the all-around, balance beam, and floor exercise.
While in college, Metheny competed as Illinois’ only female gymnast, winning nine AAU Championships.
Following her competitive career, Metheny judged at the Brevet level in two Olympics, one World Cup, and four World Championships. Metheny has also owned and operated the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics with her husband, Dick, in Eugene, Ore., since 1973.