April 26, 2013
UCLA junior Samantha Peszek will be inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 as a member of the 2007 Women's World Championships Team. Peszek and her teammates captured the USA's second-ever World team gold medal and the first-ever outside the United States.
Peszek is the third UCLA woman to be inducted, joining 2011 honoree Kristen Maloney and multiple honoree (2012 individual, 2008 team) Tasha Schwikert.
Peszek has enjoyed a very successful elite and collegiate gymnastics career. She was a member of the U.S. team that captured a team silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and won gold medals at the 2007 World Championships and Pan American Games. A member of the USA National Team from 2004-09, Peszek was the national runner-up on beam in 2009 and finished fourth in the all-around at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
At UCLA, Peszek won the NCAA balance beam title and made history doing so, becoming the first collegiate gymnast to compete a standing full on beam. She is a four-time All-American and two-time Scholastic All-American.
Joining Peszek are her 2007 teammates Ivana Hong, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Alicia Sacramone, Shayla Worley and alternate Bridget Sloan. Also earning Hall of Fame induction are the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Team and the 2007 Women's Tumbling World Championships Team. The 2013 Hall of Fame class will be inducted formally during U.S. Championships festivities Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn.
UCLA gymnasts/coaches in the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame:
2007 U.S. Women's World Championship Team (incl. Samantha Peszek) - Class of 2013
Tasha Schwikert - Class of 2012
Kristen Maloney - Class of 2011
Stephen McCain - Class of 2009
2003 U.S. Women's World Championship Team (incl. Tasha Schwikert) - Class of 2008
Chainey Umphrey - Class of 2005
Chris Waller - Class of 2003
Scott Keswick - Class of 2003
Mitch Gaylord - Class of 1998
Tim Daggett - Class of 1998
Peter Vidmar - Class of 1997
Larry Banner - Class of 1993
Don Perry - Class of 1989
Glenn Berry - Class of 1988
Makoto Sakamoto* - Class of 1986
Art Shurlock* - Class of 1985
1984 Men's Olympic Team (incl. Tim Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar) - Class of 1984
Dallas Bixler - Class of 1960
Ray Bass - Class of 1959
*Coached at UCLA