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WILLIAM “BILL” ROETZHEIM (USA) September 7, 1928 – February 26, 2014

Bill Roetzheim passed away on Wednesday, February 26th from natural causes at the age of 85 years old in his hometown of Plant City, Florida (USA).Bill was the first American elected to the FIG Men’s Technical Committee, serving from 1984 to 1996. He was a superior judge or apparatus supervisor at the Olympic Games, Los Angeles, USA, (1984); Seoul, Korea, (1988); Barcelona, Spain, (1992); and Atlanta, USA, (1996). Bill was the supervisor of the Pommel Horse during early 1990’s and a coined the term “Flops”, today used to represent combinations of circling elements on one pommel in the MAG Code of Points.    

This three-time USA All-Around champion competed in the Olympic Games (USA) in London (1948), placing 7th AA, and Helsinki (1952), placing 8th AA. He also was a numerous Pan American, national, and USA university champion.  Bill achieved tremendous accolades as a coach as well, producing numerous USA university and high school champions. Bill made tremendous contributions to the sport within his own country and worldwide.  The FIG family expresses their sincere condolences to Bill’s wife BJ, his family, and friends throughout the world.

 

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