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Marie Roethlisberger
Marie Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger at the 1986 USA-USSR Dual Meet

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

May 12 1966 (1966-05-12) (age 51)

Club

SCATS

Coach(es)

Don Peters and Mary Wright

Current status

Retired

Marie Roethlisberger (born May 12, 1966) was an American artistic gymnast who represented the United States at the 1985 World Championships. She is the daughter of 1968 U.S. Olympic gymnast Fred Roethlisberger and brother of two-time Olympic gymnast John Roethlisberger. She is almost completely deaf due to meningitis as a child. Her floor routines were choreographed to music with heavy bass so she could feel the reverberations. Her best event was uneven bars.

Elite Career

Roethlisberger made her senior elite debut in 1981. In 1982 Roethlisberger became the U.S. National Champion on the uneven bars, as well as placing 9th in the all-around. In 1983 Roethlisberger just missed making the United States World Championships team; instead she was named an alternate. In 1984, Roethlisberger was named an alternate to the U.S. Olympic Team. 

In 1985 Roethlisberger made her first World Championships team. She helped the team to a 6th place finish in the team competition and placed 17th in the all-around final. She also competed in the American Cup where she placed 4th in the all-around and won a gold medal on the uneven bars. The next year she represented the United States at the Goodwill Games in Moscow, where she helped the U.S team place 5th in the team competition. Individually, she did not advance to any finals. Roethlisberger retired from elite gymnastics at the end of 1986. 

Post-Elite

Following retirement from elite gymnastics, Roethlisberger attended the University of Minnesota and competed on their gymnastics team. She was the 1990 NCAA uneven bar champion, a four-time All-American and a seven-time Big 10 Conference Champion. Roethlisberger was also a recipient of the Honda Award.

After graduating in 1991 she went on to earn her medical degree from the University of Minnesota. In 1998 she was inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame. She is currently a physician.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1981Chunichi Cup73rd5
U.S. World Team Trials9
1982American Classic5
U.S. National Championships91st
1983American Classic112nd
U.S. National Championships74
U.S. World Team Trials7
1984U.S. National Championships92nd4
U.S. Olympic Trials7
1985American Classic1st
U.S. National Championships3rd62nd42nd
McDonald's American Cup41st
U.S. World Team Trials4
Montréal World Championships617
1986American Classic5
Indianapolis U.S. National Championships 81st
Moscow Goodwill Games5
1987NCAA Gymnastics Championships2nd
1990NCAA Gymnastics Championships71st4

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