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Judy Hult Howe

Gymnastics ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

Judy Hult Howe had the distinction of being the youngest and prettiest of the 13 charter inductees into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. She is also the only member of the group who competed in the Olympics. Before the banquet, she admitted to being 40 but was probably in better shape (no pun intended) than any of the male inductees because she kept busy as a housewife with a husband and three children as a career woman as head instructor of 200 students at the Mt Lebanon Gymnastics Center. But Judy's Olympic career almost didnít happen. After earning a place on the six member 1956 US Womenís Olympic Gymnastic team, she was injured in practice the day before the games opened at Melbourne, Australia. In spite of painful back and wrist injures, she competed and earned the admiration of her teammates, even though she didnít win any medals. There was no girlsí gym team at Beaver High School when Judy Hult was a student there, so she competed for the famous Rochester Turners gym teams of the early 1950s. Her coach was Clayton (Bud) Marquette of Ambridge, who later moved to California and coached another Olympian, Cathy Rigby. He was always good at recognizing gymnastic talent.