Jair Lynch

1996 Olympic Silver Medalist (Parallel Bars)
1995 World Championships Team Member
1992 Olympian
1992 Parallel Bars & High Bar National Champion

Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Residence: Stanford, Calif.
Date/Place of Birth: October 2, 1971/Amherst, Mass.
Club: Stanford Old School
Coach: Sadao Hamada, Taka Miwagawa, Fred Stephens
Previous Coach: Rick Tucker
Years on National Team: 6 (1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94-unranked, 1994-95-unranked, 1995-96, 1996-97)
Began Gymnastics: 1980
Favorite Apparatus/Event: Parallel bars

Lynch was a member of the 1996 Olympic Team where he became the first male African-American to medal. Lynch earned the silver medal on parallel bars. In 1991 he tied the U.S. Olympic Festival gymnastics record for winning five gold medals. He shares this honor with Scott Johnson (1983) and Bill Roth (1991). At 20, he was the youngest member of the men's 1992 Olympic team. Lynch narrowly missed winning the bronze medal on parallel bars (by 0.1) at the '92 Olympic Games. He was selected a member of the All Pac-10 Academic Team. Lynch is active in many aspects of community service, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Omega Youth Club-Peninsula Chapter; helping with Friends For Youth-Big Brother/Big Sister volunteer program; and appearing as an inspirational speaker at the San Mateo County Juvenile Services and Correctional Facilities. Lynch was honored in 1991 and '92 with the Stanford Black Community Service Award. He graduated from Stanford University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Design.

International Competition

National Competition

updated: 06 Aug 1996