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Mary Wright

Class of 2020· Disciplines(s): Women's Artistic· Inducted as: Coach

Wright grew up as a gymnast in New Zealand. She began her coaching career at the age of 15 and was a club owner by the age of 20, where she led athletes to the 1970 and 1974 World Championships.

In 1975 she started her U.S. coaching career in California. Within her first year, she had a gymnast make the 1976 Olympic Team for Canada and had a gymnast compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials. One of her gymnasts went on to win the World Championships Trials for Strasbourg, France was the 1977 Elite National Champion, and twice competed in the American Cup, which was then held in Madison Square Garden. In 1980, two of her gymnasts made the U.S. Olympic Team.

Wright went on to coach numerous athletes in the 1984 Olympics, the 1985 World Championships, the 1987 World Championships, the 1988 Olympic Games, and the 1992 Olympic Games. Her club, Olympus, has consistently been one of the top clubs in Utah and has qualified athletes to Level 10 nationals every year since 1993. They have produced more than 100 state champions and numerous regional champions.