Chris Waller

1993 World Championships Event Finalist
1992 Olympian
1991, 1992 & 1993 Pommel Horse National Champion
1991 World Championships Team Member
1991 National Champion
1990 Goodwill Games Triple Medalist

Hometown: Mt. Prospect, Ill.
Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Date/Place of Birth: Sept. 20, 1968/Evanston, Ill.
Club: UCLA
Coach: Art Shurlock, Yefim Furman
Previous Coach: Ed Burch
College: UCLA
Graduated: 1991
Degree: B.A. in History
Years on Senior National Team: 8 (1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97)
Began Gymnastics: 1978
Favorite Apparatus/Event: Pommel horse, high bar, all-around
Hobbies: Snow skiing, motorcycling, music

Waller won a USA Gymnastics or NCAA national title every year from 1989-1993; however, he was unable to compete at the 1994 Coca-Cola National Championships and did not complete the competition in 1995. He was an all-around finalist at the 1992 Olympic Games and took fifth on pommel horse, only one tenth of a point away from the gold medal. The 1991 U.S. National Champion, Waller was selected the 1991 Athlete of the Year by his national teammates. Waller was married to Cindy Olkoski, a former gymnast and cheerleader, on June 19, 1993. They had their first child, Alexandra, on Jan. 4, 1995. Cindy and Chris filmed a Levi's commercial together and were featured in Levi's shorts print advertisements in 1994. Waller comes from a family of many athletes-his father was a member of the German junior ski team, his brother Rolf was a member of the U.S. junior national ski team, and his other brother Kurt was a scholarship gymnast at Northern Illinois University and a stunt man. A former Illinois high school state champion, Waller underwent heart surgery to correct a defective aorta valve while still in high school. He currently competes with a 5% deficient valve. Waller is currently on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors Athlete's Council.

International Competition

National Competition

updated: 01 Jul 1996