INDIANAPOLIS (February 2, 2023) – USA Gymnastics Wednesday revealed the eight individuals that will comprise its 2023 Hall of Fame class. Among this revered bunch are standout athletes, including two Olympians, dedicated coaches, and two committed community members, who have earned special distinctions for their lifelong service to the sport.
The Class of 2023 includes:
- Tonya Case, coach, educator, and international acrobatic community leader, Lifetime Achievement Award
- Steven Gluckstein, Olympian in men’s trampoline and FIG World Cup Series champion
- Jasmine “Jazzy” Kerber, 2x Rhythmic World Championships all-around finalist
- Cecile and Laurent Landi, coaches of numerous women’s artistic Olympic and World champions
- Danell Leyva, Olympic men’s all-around bronze medalist, and 2x apparatus silver medalist
- Rome Milan, longtime judge, coach, and sport historian, Lifetime Achievement Award
- Vladimir Vladev, coach of 2021 World silver medalists and longtime acro club owner
Members of this year’s Hall of Fame class will be inducted during a ceremony on August 26 in San Jose, Calif., in conjunction with USA Gymnastics’ annual National Congress and Tradeshow and the 2023 U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Biographical information for each inductee is available below. For more information on the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, click here.
As a dedicated champion of acrobatic gymnastics for nearly four decades, Case has directly influenced the sport’s growth in the U.S. and worldwide. Case, who is a neonatal intensive care nurse by profession, has mentored dozens of athletes as an elite-level coach, placing athletes on the U.S. National Team for 17 consecutive years and coaching multiple athletes to international medals for Team USA. Case has also served as a clinician, choreographer, and Brevet-rated judge and held high-profile leadership positions within the sport. She was a member of the International Gymnastics Federation’s Acrobatic Gymnastics Technical Committee for 18 years, heading the body from 2006-2012. Since 2017, Case has been president of the Pan American Gymnastics Union Acrobatic Gymnastics Technical Committee, and under her leadership, the number of Pan American countries with competitive national acrobatic gymnastics programs has more than tripled. Case has organized educational opportunities on every inhabited continent and has also contributed in various roles for multiple Pan American Championships, World Age Group Competitions, World Championships, and The World Games.
Gluckstein represented the U.S. in men’s trampoline at the 2012 London Olympic Games and was selected as the alternate for the 2016 Rio Olympics. An 11-time U.S. trampoline champion across individual and synchronized events and a six-time World Championships team member, in 2009, Gluckstein became one of the first American trampolinists to win an International Gymnastics Federation World Cup Series event when he and partner Logan Dooley secured men’s synchronized gold at the Ostend World Cup in Belgium. The pair went on to capture the 2010 series crown. Gluckstein also picked up a silver medal in men’s individual trampoline at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Following his retirement in 2016, Gluckstein has remained active in the sport as a coach at his former club, Elite Trampoline Academy, and as the U.S. Junior National Team Coordinator. His brother, Jeffrey, and wife, Camilla, are also elite trampolinists. Gluckstein resides in Atlantic Heights, N.J., and holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers Business School.
A two-time World Championships all-around finalist, Kerber notched more than a dozen senior international appearances throughout her career, including a standout performance at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, where she collected silver medals in the all-around and on hoop, ball, and ribbon and added a bronze on clubs. Kerber was the 2014 U.S. all-around champion, 2014 Pan American Champion and pocketed 28 all-around and apparatus medals at national championships throughout her junior and senior careers. Kerber continues to be a visible presence within the rhythmic community as a coach and committee member. As a journalism student, Kerber also lent her expertise to bolster coverage of the sport, including creating written and digital content to help fans engage with rhythmic gymnastics during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in communications from Stanford University and currently resides in California, where she serves as head coach at Bravo Rhythmic Gymnastics in Santa Clara.
As a coaching team, the Landis have trained and mentored 11 U.S. Women’s Senior National Team members, including Olympic and World team and individual champions Simone Biles and Madison Kocian and World team champions Alyssa Baumann and Jordan Chiles. The duo began coaching in their native homeland, France, before relocating to the U.S. in 2004. They joined the staff of Texas-based WOGA Gymnastics in 2007, where they coached Baumann and Kocian to international success. The Landis have also developed and coached numerous state, regional, and national champions, many of whom received full athletic scholarships to NCAA Division I programs. In 2017, the Landis, who are known for their positive coaching methods and athlete-centric approach in addition to their technical expertise, took the helm of the women’s artistic program at Biles’ home club, World Champions Centre. During the subsequent five years, gymnasts coached by the Landis have earned two Olympic team silver medals, three World team titles, and 12 Olympic and World individual medals. Laurent also served as head coach of the U.S. women’s 2018 and 2019 World Championships teams and 2020 Olympic Team.
A two-time Olympian, Leyva earned all-around bronze at the 2012 London Olympic Games and added silver medals on horizontal bar and parallel bars at the Rio Olympic Games four years later. He was a member of the 2011 and 2014 bronze-medal-winning U.S. World Championships teams and also picked up individual gold and silver on parallel bars and silver on horizontal bar in five World Championships appearances between 2009 and 2015. As a senior, Leyva compiled five World Cup medals and eight U.S. all-around or apparatus titles. At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, he bested all competitors in the all-around and on his signature events, high bar, and parallel bars. Leyva retired following the 2016 Olympics, transitioning his focus to acting and media.
A longtime coach and Brevet-rated judge, Milan may be most known for his prowess as a sport historian, preserving and sharing gymnastics history, including equipment and memorabilia, with the community at competitions and national events for many years. He was introduced to gymnastics through family ties to Sokol, a Czech-based gymnastics organization, and was a fourth-generation lifetime Sokol member. Following his athletic career, in which he captained the University of Texas team, Milan coached gymnastics at Weatherford High School and Boswell High School in Texas for nearly two decades and remained active in coaching into the late 2010s. He was also a tireless volunteer, lending his time and expertise to many international events, including Pan American Games, Goodwill Games, World Championships, and Olympic Games. Milan served on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors and was a member of the Gymnastics Association of Texas Board from 1992-2004. After a brave battle with ALS, he passed away in April of 2021 and will be inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame.
As head coach and owner of Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio, Vladev has trained numerous world-class acrobats while fostering an engaged and enthusiastic local acro community. Since relocating from his native homeland of Bulgaria in 2004, Vladev has become one of the most visible ambassadors of the sport in the U.S. In addition to coaching multiple World Championships and World Age Group competitors, including 2021 women’s pair World silver medalists Emily Davis and Aubrey Rosilier and 2022 World Age Group bronze medalists Allyson Stone and Ayla Vargas, Vladev has championed the sport’s growth nationally as a volunteer committee member with USA Gymnastics’ Acrobatic Program and as a National Team coach and clinician. He is widely regarded for his emphasis on fundamental skills and positive coaching style that prioritizes developing athletes as individuals in and out of the gym. He resides in Texas and is married with two children.