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
Hobbies: Reading non-fiction, writing, visiting museums, viewing exhibits and films,
exploring new neighborhoods and cities to appreciate different environments and
architecture for understanding of successes and failures



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. 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. Lynch works for Silicon Graphics Inc., a computer systems company leading the industry in visual processing. 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.

International Competition

National Competition

updated: 06 Aug 1996