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Tracee Talavera
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Talavera at the 1981 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

September 1 1966 (1966-09-01) (age 50)
San Francisco, California, USA

Years on National Team

1979-1984

Club

NAAG

Coach(es)

Dick & Linda Mulvihill

Current status

Retired

Tracee Talavera (born September 1, 1966 in San Francisco) is a retired artistic gymnast of Mexican-American descent who competed for the United States at the Olympics and World Championships. She was the 1981 and 1982 U.S. National All-around Champion and a member of the silver medal-winning American team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Career

Coached by Dick and Linda Mulvihill until 1983, when she began training with Mike Lynch, Talavera rose to prominence on the U.S. gymnastics scene in the late 1970s. In 1978 she won the all-around titles in both the junior division of the U.S. National Championships and the Junior Olympic Nationals. The following year, competing as a senior, she placed second in the all-around at the U.S. Nationals and third at the World team trials. She was awarded a spot on the 1979 team for the World Championships, but at age 12½ was well below the minimum age requirement of 14 and was deemed ineligible to compete.

Talavera continued to enjoy success in 1980. Early in the year, she won the all-around title and every event except vault at the American Cup, beating a field that included Romanian Emilia Eberle, a multiple medalist at the World Championships. She also placed first at the Olympic Festival and had a strong second-place all-around showing at the 1980 U.S. Nationals. In 1980 Talavera was also the subject of a biography, The story of a young gymnast: Tracee Talavera published by Bantam Books. She won the U.S. Olympic Trials and was named to the women's gymnastics team for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. However, due to President Jimmy Carter's boycott of the Games in the Soviet Union to protest the invasion of Afghanistan, Talavera, along with the rest of the American team, was unable to participate in the Olympics.

Talavera continued competing as a member of the U.S. National team after the Olympics. In 1981, she won her second U.S. National Championship and participated in the World Championships in Moscow, helping the American team to a 6th-place finish. She also became one of only a few American women to date to win an individual medal at Worlds, earning a bronze on the balance beam. Talavera's original balance beam element, a one-handed flair, was named after her in the Code of Points. It is still included in the Code, and currently carries a 'C' difficulty rating.

In 1983 Talavera's competitive fortunes changed. She was only able to achieve a 15th place finish at U.S. Nationals and was left off the World Championships team. However, in 1984 she returned to finish 8th in the all-around at Nationals and win the beam gold medal, placed 6th at the U.S. Olympic Trials, and earned a spot on the American team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She helped the team to a silver-medal finish and qualified for the vault event final, placing 4th.

After the Olympics, Talavera participated in an exhibition tour with her teammates.

Retirement

Talavera retired from gymnastics after the 1984 tour and returned to school, earning a B.A. degree in Communications from Saint Mary's College of California in 1990. In 1998 she was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She was working as a coach at Golden Gate Gymnastics in Concord, California (until they closed in 2009) and remains involved in USA Gymnastics. In 2000, she was a member of the selection committee for the women's gymnastics team for the Sydney Olympics.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1976CA Class II State Championships1st
Desert Devil Classic52nd
1977CA Class II State Championships1st
CA Youth Cup3rd
Can-Am Youth Invitational4
Sagebrush Open41st5
1978Oregon Class I Championships1st
Region II Championships1st2nd2nd1st
Western Regional Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals1st1st1st
Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals1st1st1st
USGF Junior Nationals1st1st56
CAN-USA Youth Championships1st
NAAG vs. JPN2nd61st2nd
USA-JPN Dual Meet2nd
Desert Devil Classic2nd2nd2nd
Emerald Empire Cup1st1st1st
KIPS Invitational6
Rose Cup1st
1979U.S. National Championships3rd81st4
Oregon Open1st1st1st5
Dial Selection Meet6
HUN-USA Dual Meet6
Dial American Cup3rd1st1st
Far West Invitational2nd3rd1st3rd
Fiesta Bowl1st
Hungary International744
Husky Classic3rd3rd3rd
International Mixed Pairs5
KIPS Invitational63rd1st6
National Sports Festival1st1st1st
World Team Trials3rd
1980U.S. National Championships2nd2nd62nd
2nd Elite Nationals1st1st1st1st4
American Cup1st1st1st1st
Chunichi Cup14
Caesar's Palace Invitational2nd
Capital Cup3rd
KIPS Invitational1st2nd1st1st
National Sports Festival1st1st
Women's Games9
Olympic Festival1st
U.S. Olympic Trials1st
1981U.S. National Championships1st
American Cup2nd
International Gymnastics Team Championships1st5
U.S. World Team Trials2nd
Moscow World Championships6203rd
1982American Classic3rd
U.S. Classic3rd
U.S. National Championships1st52nd2nd4
USA-CHN Dual Meet2nd
USA vs. USSR2nd10
McDonald's American Cup3rd
Chunichi Cup11
Caesar's Palace Invitational1st
Emerald Empire Cup1st1st2nd1st1st
KIPS Invitational3rd1st1st
1983U.S. National Championships154
USA vs. USSR2nd9
McDonald's American Cup1st
International Mixed Pairs3rd
Emerald Empire Cup2nd
U.S. World Team Trials8
1984American Classic 42nd1st4
U.S. Classic1st2nd1st4
U.S. National Championships83rd1st5
USA-CAN Dual Meet1st7
Albuquerque International Invitational3rd
Caesar's Palace Invitational4
Emerald Empire Cup2nd51st1st
U.S. Olympic Trials6
Los Angeles Olympic Games2nd4


U.S. Classic Champions
Seniors
Diane Durham • Tracee Talavera • Sabrina Mar • Doe Yamashiro • Phoebe Mills • Juliet Bangerter • Agnia Simpkins • Kim Kelly • Wendy BruceDominique DawesAmanda BordenJaycie Phelps • Jennie Thompson • Lindsay Wing • Jennie Thompson • Sierra Sapunar • Vanessa AtlerTasha SchwikertAnnia HatchCourtney Kupets • Tia Orlando • Nastia LiukinNatasha Kelley | Ashley PriessBridget Sloan • Ashley Stott • Olivia Courtney • Mattie LarsonAly RaismanKyla RossSimone BilesAly Raisman
Juniors
Tracey Butler • Susie Silverman • Jennifer Barton • Sheryl Dundas | Catherine Williams • Juliet Bangerter | Shannon MillerKim Zmeskal | Laura Segundo • Larissa Fontaine | Amy Shelton • Anne Woynerowsky | Judy Esmero • Kristy Powell | Doni Thompson • Kristi Lichey • Katie Teft • Robin Phelps • Kristin Jensen • Kristin Thome • Morgan White • Kristal Uzelac • Carly PattersonNastia LiukinAshley PriessShawn Johnson • Rheagan Courville • Jordyn WieberKyla RossJordyn WieberKyla RossSimone BilesBailie KeyJordan ChilesLaurie HernandezIrina Alexeeva

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