Knoxville man gets tapped to judge summer Olympic Games

Steve Butcher, a Knoxville resident, will judge the men’s gymnastics competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Butcher is very proud to be one of the 50 judges selected worldwide by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). He will be one of the two men’s judges from the United States. The Olympic Games begin August 8th.

Butcher has previously judged two world championships, 2005 and 2008. This experience, as well as his position as the president of the Pan American Gymnastics Union’s men’s technical committee helped in his final appointment to judge the Games. Butcher is presently responsible for overseeing men’s gymnastics competitions between the countries of North, Central and South America, including the Pan American Games.

In preparation for the Olympic Games, USA Gymnastics announced 18 officials that have been selected to judge at the USA Men’s Olympic Team Trials, to be held in Philadelphia, PA from June 19-21. Butcher was selected and will be the head judge on the rings event. This competition will play the most major role in the selection of the final USA Olympic team for Beijing.

Butcher is well known in the gymnastics community as the junior coach of 1996 Olympian gymnast John Macready, also a Knoxville resident. Steve was also the USA Jr. National Team coach from 1991-2004. He has also had dozens of gymnasts, male and female, attend college on gymnastics scholarships.

This weekend Butcher will be inducted into the National Gymnastics Judges Association “Hall of Fame.” He will be the 35th inductee since the hall’s inception in 1972. Butcher is one of the few to have had the opportunity to judge on every major continent of the world in his 24 years of experience.

Butcher lives with his wife Kathy on the Westside of Knoxville and is the Director of Gymnastics Operations for Premier Athletics, a company with approximately 20 owned and franchised gymnastics and cheerleading gyms throughout the South and Midwest.

Story Courtesy: Premier Athletics


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