For John Roethlisberger, being an Olympian was a family affair. John’s father, Fred, was a member of the 1968 Olympic Gymnastics Team, while his sister Marie was a member of the 1984 Olympic Gymnastics Team. Not to be outdone, John is a three-time Olympian competing in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympic Games.
John finished seventh all-around in Atlanta. At the time, this was the best U.S. finish in a non-boycotted Olympics since 1932. This dynamic athlete won four National All-Around titles in 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1995, the first gymnast to do so in 29 years. He also won back-to-back American Cup titles in 1995 and 1996. John was named Sportsperson of the Year in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2000 and was a member of six World Championships teams throughout his career.
John had a very successful collegiate career at the University of Minnesota, becoming a three-time NCAA all-around champion and a four-time Big Ten all-around champion under the direction of his coach and father, Fred Roethlisberger. He also won the 1993 Nissen Award and was a 1992 and 1993 Academic All-American. In 1993, John was named the winner of the NCAA Top-six Award, which is awarded annually to the top six student-athletes in the nation from all sports. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, John has a degree in International Business and Finance with a minor in Speech Communications.
He and his former teammate John Macready own and operate Flip Fest, a summer gymnastics camp in Knoxville, Tenn. He has also commentated for NCAA events on Fox Sports Net and College Sports Television, worked with NBC Sports in production at the 2004 Games, and worked with USA Gymnastics, since 2001, doing event promotions and marketing. John, who is also a brevet judge, served on the Executive Committee of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors as an Athlete Director and sat on the Athletes’ Commission for the FIG.