Two-time Olympian and long-time coach, judge, and rhythmic community member Andrea Bodo Schmid-Shapiro passed away September 21 in her home in Novato, Calif., at the age of 88.
A native of Hungary, Schmid-Shapiro represented her homeland at the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games, collecting a gold medal, two silver and a bronze. In 1956, she defected to the U.S.
Schmid-Shapiro earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of California â€“ Berkeley. From 1963 to 1979, she served as the head coach of women’s gymnastics at San Francisco State University, where she taught as a professor of kinesiology into the 21st century.
Schmid-Shapiro was influential at the sport’s elite level, coaching the U.S. Rhythmic World Championships team in 1975 and taking on the role of the technical director for rhythmic gymnastics for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, the first year rhythmic gymnastics was included in the Olympic program as an independent discipline. In 1973, she earned an international judge rating and proceeded to judge at 17 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, four Olympic Games (1988-2000), 26 USA Gymnastics Championships and 10 Four Continents Championships.
Throughout her decades of involvement with rhythmic gymnastics, Schmid-Shapiro held multiple domestic and international leadership roles. She served on USA Gymnastics’ Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a rhythmic gymnastics representative and was a member of the International Gymnastics Federation’s Rhythmic Technical Committee from 1984 to 2001. She has authored several gymnastics-focused publications and contributed to numerous other books and articles.
In 2001, Schmid-Shapiro was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She is survived by her husband, Charles Shapiro, daughter Aniko Molnar (husband Wade), and granddaughters, Renna and Kyla Bazlen.