Updated: 03/07/2017 10:59 AM | First Published: 03/06/2017 12:18 PM

Mitch Gaylord

Olympian Mitch Gaylord at the Lagree Studio

Mitch Gaylord is an American gymnast, who led the US Olympic gymnast team to the Gold Medal victory in 1984. Also, the first American gymnast to score perfect “10”, he won a Silver Medal for Vaulting & 2 Bronze Medals for Rings and Parallel Bars. 



Ranked #1 gymnast in two consecutive years, 1983 & 1984, he invented two skills. Globally popular and named after him, at this time, the techniques, Gaylord Two and Gaylord Flip are considered as two of the most difficult & remarkable feats in gymnasts. 

President Ronald Reagan appointed the Olympic champion, to the Council on Physical Fitness. Also an actor, Gaylord made his acting debut through a Columbia Pictures’ production American Anthem in 1986. He also hosted his own show entitled Fan Club in television and has been featured in various commercial ads. 

A 1995 UCLA Hall of Fame inductee, he was also inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2006. He has earned more honors and accolades throughout his career.

As Mitchell Jay Gaylord, he was born in a Jewish family to parents Linda and Fred Gaylord in Van Nuys, California, the United States on 10th March 1961. He went to Grant High School and graduated in 1979. 

In 1980, he made his first U.S. National team in gymnastics and continued to be a part of the team till next five years. he attended UCLA with a major in history on scholarship, where he won All-Around in 1983 and was USA Gymnastics National champion in 1984. 

Twice married man, Mitch is a father of five children. Currently, he is enjoying a blissful conjugal life with Valentina Agius. Previously, he was married to Deborah Driggs from 1992 to 2003. 

Name Mitch Gaylord
Profession Gymnast
Gender Male
Birthday March 10, 1961
Age 57 Years Old