Julianne McNamara
McNamara at the 1984 Olympic Games

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America


October 11 1960 (1960-10-11) (age 56)
Flushing, New York, USA

Years on National Team



Karolyi's Gymnastics


Bela and Marta Karolyi

Current status


College team

UCLA Bruins

Julianne Lyn McNamara (born October 11, 1965) was an American artistic gymnast, who was born to Australian parents. She was the winner of the U.S. women's first individual event gold medal in Olympic history. She won the 1980 US all-around title and earned a spot on the Olympic team that boycotted the Moscow Games. A year later, at the world championships that were coincidentally also held in Moscow, McNamara notched the top U.S. women's world all-around finish (seventh place) at that point in history. She also earned a bronze medal on bars, seventh on floor and finished fifth on beam- she had entered the beam final in first place but went overtime in the final.

At the 1982 World Cup, Julianne fell off the bars to place eighth all-around. In finals, though, she earned a bronze on vault and a seventh place on beam. At the 1983 world championships, she finished 16th all-around, sixth on vault, and seventh on uneven bars.

In 1982, The Flower Council of Holland, headed by namesake Dutch Queen Juliana, christened the Julianne McNamara rose. At the time, the only other American woman to be so honored was the then U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan. The climax of her career was at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. There, she tied Ma Yanhong from China for first on the uneven bars (both gymnasts scored 10.00), won the silver on floor, and placed fourth all-around. Julianne didn't retire officially until 1987 - though the 1984 Olympics was her last competition. She accomplished a lot in her international career. She really helped put the U.S. women's team on the map in the early 1980s, and even though she was national All-Around champion only in 1980, she was internationally recognized as the top American gymnast from 1981 to 1984.

Upon her retirement from gymnastics, Julianne embarked on an acting career, appearing in television shows such as Charles in Charge and Knight Rider. She also did color commentary for some television gymnastics coverage. In 1989, she married baseball player Todd Zeile, whom she met while attending UCLA. They have four children.

"I hope people think I brought integrity to gymnastics. My impact was a feeling that I loved the sport and that it was from my heart."

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1980National Championships1st
1981American Cup1st
U.S. World Team Trials1st
Moscow World Championships3rd
1982American Classic1st
American Cup1st1st1st
International Mixed Pairs1st
1983American Cup2nd1st
U.S. World Team Trials1st
Budapest World Championships71667
1984American Cup3rd1st
International Mixed Pairs1st
Los Angeles Olympic Games2nd41st2nd

Olympic Uneven Bars Champions
Margit KorondiAgnes KeletiPolina AstakhovaVěra ČáslavskáKarin JanzNadia ComăneciMaxi GnauckMa Yanhong | Julianne McNamaraDaniela SilivaşLu LiSvetlana KhorkinaÉmilie Le PennecHe KexinAliya Mustafina

U.S. National Champions
Donna Schanezer | Muriel Grossfeld • Marie Walther • Gail Daley | Doris Fuchs • Donna Schanezer | Linda Metheny • Carolyn Hacker • Linda Scott | Linda Metheny • Joyce Tanac • Cathy Rigby | Linda Metheny • Joan Moore Gnat | Cathy Rigby • Joan Moore Gnat • Tammy Manville • Denise Cheshire | Robin Huebner • Donna Turnbow • Kathy Johnson • Leslie Pyfer • Julianne McNamaraTracee Talavera • Dianne Durham • Mary Lou Retton • Sabrina Mar • Jennifer Sey • Kristie PhillipsPhoebe MillsBrandy JohnsonKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDominique DawesDominique MoceanuShannon MillerVanessa Atler | Kristy PowellKristen MaloneyElise RayTasha SchwikertCourtney KupetsCourtney Kupets | Carly PattersonNastia LiukinShawn JohnsonBridget SloanRebecca BrossJordyn WieberSimone Biles

American Cup Champions
Nadia Comăneci • Kathy Johnson • Natalia Tereschenko • Stella Zakharova • Tracee Talavera • Julianne McNamaraMary Lou RettonKristie PhillipsPhoebe MillsBrandy JohnsonKim ZmeskalBetty OkinoKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDominique DawesKristy PowellKerri StrugElvire TezaViktoria Karpenko • Jennie Thompson • Elena ProdunovaElena ZamolodchikovaTasha SchwikertCarly PattersonAlicia Sacramone (VT) | Chellsie Memmel (UB) | Zhang Nan-Nastia Liukin (BB) | Patricia Moreno (FX) • Nastia LiukinShawn JohnsonNastia LiukinJordyn WieberRebecca BrossJordyn WieberKatelyn OhashiElizabeth PriceSimone BilesGabby DouglasRagan Smith

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