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Jim Ivicek

Gymnastics ∙ Rochester

 

 

 

 

Although Jim Ivicek came from Beaver Falls, he had the distinction of being one of Rochester High School’s most successful athletes. Beaver Falls did not have a boys’ gymnastics team, so Jim was eligible to compete for the Rams, who had outstanding gym squads during his three years from 1968 to 1970, winning the WPIAL title each season. In 1970 Jim won the WPIAL all around and high bar titles, plus the state championship on the rings. Jim entered the University of New Mexico in the fall of 1970 on an athletic scholarship and helped the team win three straight Western Athletic Conference titles by taking the top honors in all around, parallel bars, and vault. Although he was picked for the 1972 US Olympic gym team as an alternate, Jim did not get a chance to compete, but he did visit Europe six different times during his collegiate career, competing in Germany, Romania, Hungary, Poland, and Russia, and against the Red Chinese team in Madison Square Garden in 1973. Jim transferred to Southern Illinois University in 1974 and sat out a year but still competed as an individual, leading the SIU team in 1975 in all around, vault, and horizontal bar until an injury ended his career. After his gym career, Jim worked as a service administrator for the Arizona Industrial Machinery Company in Flagstaff and coached evening gym classes at Northern Arizona University.