photo by David DemantyTom Beach


A 1976 Olympian gymnastics competitor and two-time NCAA gymnastics champion, Tom Beach entered competitive gymnastics during high school in Los Angeles in 1970.  He became a California Interscholastic Federation Champion in various areas of the sport including the bars and floor.  While still in high school, he also claimed the honor of being chosen for the USA Junior Team.


Tom continued his gymnastics career while attending the University of California, Berkley.  There his leadership and inspirational attitude gained him the privilege of being named captain of the gymnastics team.  In his junior year of college, Tom achieved the honor of being selected for the 1976 Olympic gymnastics team with which he competed in Moscow.  He also took charge at the collegiate level, claiming NCAA Championships in the vault in 1975 and the high bar in 1976.  In addition, Tom was a nominee for the 1977 for the Nissen-Emery Award which is the “Heisman Trophy” of gymnastics.


He excelled as a member of the United States Gymnastics Federation National Team, earning championship honors in multiple areas every year from 1975-1977.  In addition, he secured the silver medal for the parallel bars in the 1983 Pan American Games in Venezuela.


After ending his career in competitive gymnastics, Tom continued his experience with the sport as a Athlete Representative to the USGF Board of Directors and a member of the USGF Executive Committee from 1984-1988.  At the conclusion of his terms, he pursued a fruitful career in finance.  Luckily for those who love competitive and recreational gymnastics, Tom returned to the sport when he and his wife Reiko formed GymSmarts in 2002.