Carol Johnston, 1-armed gymnast

Carol must be 50yrs-old.

Seems impossible to me. Just a few years ago we were kids training together at Altadore Gymnastics Club in Calgary.

That’s the cover of the 1982 book, Carol Johnston: The One-Armed Gymnast.

Like many girls from my club, Carol went on to compete for Cal State Fullerton. She spoke to the team in 2009.

… Born without a right arm below the elbow, Johnston competed four seasons with the Titans from 1977-80 under Head Coach Lynn Rogers and was a two-time All-American on beam and floor exercise in 1978. She was also a conference champion on the balance beam in 1977. She was the subject of a 1980 Disney film for television production called “Lefty,”

Lefty was some sort of College nickname. Back home she is only called Carol.

Here’s her movie. Inspiring, but heartbreaking. Thanks “Gymnastics Meets”.

Click PLAY or watch Lefty (part 1) on YouTube.

• Lefty (part 2)
• Lefty (part 3)
• Lefty (part 4)
• Lefty (part 5)

related – Whatever Happened to … Carol Johnston


#1 Calítoe.:. on 05.14.10 at 5:25 am

You wrote about her a while ago and I think I posted on the comments the link where you can download this documentary-film. :) Very inspiring.

#2 Kay on 05.18.10 at 4:23 pm

This is probably a stupic question but.. is this a documentary or re-enactment?

#3 movie – “Lefty” starring Carol Johnston — Gymnastics on 05.23.10 at 10:56 am

[…] Update 2010 – the movie is posted on YouTube. […]

#4 1-handed gymnast Linnea Dohring — Gymnastics on 07.17.10 at 5:03 am

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#5 Tracy Valko on 10.30.10 at 1:41 am

I remember her as a young gymnast at CSUF. She was inspirational and amazing. I truly admire her hard work and the fact that she never gave up. i loved watching her on beam. thanks for the inspiration from a young gymnast who has the great pleasure of seeing you in action.

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