<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Cathleen Roxanne Rigby
(born December 12, 1952), best known as Cathy Rigby
, is a gymnast
, actress and speaker.
Rigby was born in Los Alamitos, California
in 1952.She has an older brother, Steve Rigby; older sister, Michelle; younger brother Jeff, and a younger sister Jill. She is the daughter of Anita and Paul Rigby.
Rigby's participation in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics
, as the highest-scoring U.S. gymnast made her a favorite with U.S. television
audiences, and helped to popularize the sport in the U.S. She was U.S. National Gymnastic Champion in 1970 and 1972. Her greatest gymnastics
accomplishment was winning a silver medal
on the balance beam
at the 1970 World Championships
, being the first American woman to win a medal in World Gymnastics.
She also competed on the 1972 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team, but was hampered by injury. Prior to the games, she had been working on a move for the balance beam that was quite risky for the time: an aerial walkover, in which she somersaulted forwards on the balance beam. Because she was injured, she did not attempt this move during the competition, and this contributed to why she did not win any medals.
Rigby retired from gymnastics after the 1972 Olympics
. She married Tommy Mason
(a professional football player), ran a successful gymnastics camp, had two sons, and began acting.
In 1974, Rigby appeared as Peter Pan
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