John Roethlisberger

Three-Time Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000)
1999 World Championships Team Member
Two-Time Olympian (1992, 1996)
1997 World Championships Team Member
1995 World Championships Team Member
1994 Team World Championships Team Member
1994 World Championships Team Member
1990, 1992, 1993, 1995 National All-Around Champion
1991 World Championships Team Member (alternate)
1990 National All-Around Champion

Hometown: Falcon Heights, MN
Residence: Falcon Heights, MN
Birth Date/Place: June 21, 1970/Fort Atkinson, WI
Club: University of Minnesota
Coach: Fred Roethlisberger, Russ Fystrom, Thom Glielmi
College: University of Minnesota
Degree: International Business/minors in German, Speech Communication
Favorite Event: Floor exercise
Hobbies: Snowmobiling, golfing, video production, bungee jumping
Began Gymnastics: 1978
Years on Sr. National Team: 11½ (1989-00)
Years on Jr. National Team: 2 (1987-89)


Roethlisberger is a two-time Olympian (1992, 1996). He finished seventh in the all-around in Atlanta, the best U.S. finish in a non-boycotted Olympics since 1932. He won his fourth National All-Around title at the 1995 Coca-Cola National Championships, the first gymnast to do so in 29 years. He won back-to-back McDonald's American Cup titles in 1995 and 1996, the first male to do so since Peter Vidmar in 1983 and 1984. Selected "Athlete of the Year" for 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1995 and co-winner in 1996 in voting by his national teammates, Roethlisberger is a three-time NCAA champion. He also received the 1995, 1998, and 2000 "Sportsperson of the Year" award. Roethlisberger is the 1993 Nissen Award winner and a 1992 and 1993 Academic All-American. Roethlisberger won the 1993 NCAA Top Six Award. He comes from a family of Olympians: sister Marie was the alternate on the 1984 Olympic Team, and his father, Fred, was on the 1968 Olympic Team. John was married June 7, 1997, to Kelly McConnell, an elementary school teacher and a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida native who was a gymnast at the University of Minnesota. Future plans include broadcasting and motivational speaking. He would like to start his own business in real estate development and management.

International Competition

National Competition

updated: 03-January-01