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Elise Ray

Class of 2011· Disciplines(s): Women's Artistic· Inducted as: Athlete

Ray was the captain of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Team that won the team bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She trained with Kelli Hill at Hill’s Gymnastics and was a member of the national team from 1996-2001.

In 2000, Ray won the all-around at the Pacific Alliance Championships, U.S. Olympic Trials, and U.S. Championships. She also won the all-around at the 1999 World Team Trials. Ray, who has three skills for the uneven bars named after her, was a member of the 1999 World Championships Team and helped the U.S. Team win the team titles at the 1997 International Team Championships and 1998 and 2000 Pacific Alliance Championships, where she also won individual medals.

She competed for the University of Michigan, graduating in 2005. Ray won NCAA titles in all-around in 2001, the balance beam in 2002, and the uneven bars in 2004. She made the All-Big 10 Team Honors in 2001-02 and 2004-05 and was a 14-time All-American. She was Michigan’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2004. Ray performed in “O” and “LOVE” for Cirque du Soleil and remained active in the sport by coaching, working at camps, and commentating for the Big 10 Network and CBS Sports (2011 NCAA Championships).