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Erna Wachtel

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Erna was an American artistic gymnast, coach and judge. Born in Germany, she immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. She won multiple AAU gymnastics titles and was named an Honorary Olympic Team member for the 1944 games that were cancelled due to World War II. After retiring from competitions, Erna served as an international meet referee and national gymnastics coach, preparing the American women’s gymnastics team for the 1956 Olympics. She was an advocate for judges throughout the country. As Meet Referee, she was famous for her directive to panel members: Scores please! Scores please!

Read more about her extensive list of judging accomplishments at the following link:

Inducted into the USAG Hall of Fame in 1974

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