Kathy Gleason Jachter
Tumbling and Jumpin' Gymnastics Programs
Kathy Gleason loved the sport of gymnastics long before television and Olga Korbut brought gymnastics to the forefront of the athletic endeavor in 1972. She began training at the Buffalo, NY Turners, and was a Junior US Champion long before moms and dads were taking their little girls to the numerous gymnastic clubs that sprung from the smiles of the gymnastics pixies filling their TV screens. She trained for the love of the sport, and she helped numerous others to move into the ranks of elite American gymnasts after her retirement from competition. Kathy was simply a person who liked to learn, perform and win. Her motivation was pure, her training dedicated and her performances inspiring.
- US Junior National Championships: Gold-AA, Houston, Texas, (1965); This performance gained Kathy a spot on the US National Team that toured Vienna, Austria, (1966); Bronze-V, BB, & UB, (1966 and ’67); Bronze-AA, Silver-FX, (1968).
- National AAU Championships: Bronze-V, (1966); Bronze-V, BB, & UB, (1967); Silver-FX & Bronze-AA, (1968).
- Pan American Games: Gold-Team & Silver-UB, Winnipeg, Canada, (1967).
- North American Jumpin' Gymnastics Championships: Gold-AA, Chicago, Illinois, (1971).
- Olympic Games: Team member, Mexico City, Mexico, (1968).
- Student World University Games: Silver-Team, representing Buffalo State Teacher’s College, Tokyo, Japan, (1967).
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Gold-AA & FX, (1971).
- Post Olympics: True to her roots at Buffalo State Teacher’s College, Kathy turned to teaching and coaching. She spent 11 years operating her well-known private gymnastics school, Niagra Frontier Jumpin' Gymnastics where she trained elite level gymnastics, World University games members, state and national champions, and a 1980 Olympic Squad finalist. In addition, she founded the Gleason School of Jumpin' Gymnastics that was still operating in 2000.
- Honors: Kathy was the recipient of the Honda Award given annually to an outstanding female college athlete who has overcome adversity to excel in her
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