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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 March 1961Van Nuys, California, USA
Birth NameMitchell Jay Gaylord
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mitch Gaylord first thrilled the world in 1984 when he led the United States Olympic gymnastics team to its Gold Medal victory. In addition to being the first American Gymnast in history to score a Perfect "10", Mitch went on to capture a Silver medal for Vaulting and two Bronze medals for Rings and Parallel Bars. As the number one ranked gymnast in 1983 and 1984, Mitch invented two skills now named internationally after him. To this day, the Gaylord Flip and the Gaylord Two are considered among the most difficult and spectacular feats in gymnastics.

After the Olympics, Mitch was appointed to the President's Council for Physical Fitness by President Reagan and was asked to return for a second term under President George Bush, Senior. During this time, he fulfilled numerous speaking engagements, endorsements and appearances across the country. In 1986, Mitch made his acting debut in Columbia Pictures' "American Anthem" and went on to appear in several commercial advertisements including Diet Coke, Nike, Vidal Sassoon, Soloflex, Levi's, and Texaco to name a few.

In 1995, he was inducted into UCLA's Hall of Fame, and in 2006, he was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame. Mitch has served as a journalist/broadcaster for FOX Sports during the Atlanta Olympics and anchored the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel with JLTV. He has also served as a Celebrity Judge on NBC's "Celebrity Circus".

As a motivational speaker and fitness expert, Mitch was asked to endorse several fitness products for the DRTV market including Suzanne Somers' "Torso Track" and "Body Row", as well as, "OrbiTrek Platinum" for Thane International.

With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Mitch went on to create Gold Medal Fitness, LLC and the "Melt it OFF! with Mitch" workout program, which has been on-air for the last four years. It was through this project he personally motivated, trained, and inspired over 100 people to achieve their health and fitness goals by teaching them to Embrace their Greatness.

Mitch resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his beautiful wife, Valentina and is a dedicated Husband and Father to their children. Mitch & Valentina welcomed their first child together, a daughter, on December 26, 2008, and their second child, a son, on June 27, 2010.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Valentina & Mitch Gaylord

Spouse (2)

Valentina Agius (8 July 2005 - present) (2 children)
Deborah Driggs (28 June 1992 - 1 January 2003) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (9)

Attended Grant High School in Van Nuys, California. Mitch Graduated in 1979.
Olympic Gold Medalist, Gymnast, 1984 Olympics.
Invented two techniques performed on the high bar that are named after himself, "The Gaylord Flip" and "The Gaylord II".
Featured on the Suzanne Somers's infomercials for home fitness equiptment Bodyrow and Torso Track.
Has doubled for Chris O'Donnell.
Mitch Gaylord is married to World Artist, Singer, and Songwriter, Valentina Agius. Valentina has Executive Produced, Co-composed, written and recorded her first Solo Album Titled "Valentina, Sacred Places" with Co-producers Michael Stearns, Peter Rafelson, and Co-composer Christopher Hoag.
Inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
Inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 2006.

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