Local Gymnastics Legend Dies

EUGENE, Ore. — A gymnastics legend in Eugene has died, but his family plans to carry on his legacy.

Richard (Dick) Mulvihill died Oct. 8, a day before his 85th birthday.

He was an assistant coach for the U.S. gymnastics teams and coached athletes who competed in the Olympic games from the ’60s through the ’80s. In 1973 he moved to Eugene and opened the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics.

His son David says the family will continue coaching athletes with the same passion.

“He was working with the advanced level girls, you know, doing really difficult skills. He could, would come over and just be a big kid with the tots. And they all loved them there,” said David Mulvihill, Richard’s son.

Dick received a number of awards, including an induction into the U.S.A Gymnastics Hall of Fame and a U.S.A. Gymnastics Region 2 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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