19. January 2021  
Milford, USA  
Artistic Gymnastics

Three-Time Olympian Muriel Davis Grossfeld passed away

Muriel Davis-GROSSFELD a pioneering Indianapolis gymnast who made three Olympic teams, became the first American to score a perfect “10,” was a longtime coach and had a brief Hollywood career, died Sunday, January 17, in Milford, Conn./USA. She was 80 years old.
Grossfeld was one of the early stars in the sport for the U.S., making her Olympic debut at the age of 16 in 1956, where she helped the women’s team to ninth place while finishing 52nd all-around. She became the first U.S. woman to compete at three Olympic Games, also helping the team to ninth in 1960 and 1964, with her best individual finish 16th in floor qualifications in 1964, and she led the U.S. women to gold at the Pan American Games in 1963.
She also won 18 national titles, including the all-around in 1957 and 1963, and later coached the U.S. Olympic team in 1968 and 1972, Grossfeld coached Marcia Frederick, who as a 15-year-old in 1978 became the first American to win a world title in women’s gymnastics, on uneven bars. At the 2000 Olympic Games Muriel Davis Grossfeld was a judge in Sydney.
From 1990-96 she aided the President of the FIG (Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique) Technical Committee. In one interesting sidelight, she starred in the television movie “El Coyote” in 1957, in which she played the title role. Muriel Davis married American gymnast Abie Grossfeld, who also competed at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics (... the national coach of the US Olympic men's team 1984 in L.A.) although they later divorced.
Davis-Grossfeld was inducted into the US Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1980.