Jim Hartung profile

Here’s an excellent article on one of the greatest American gymnasts all time.

A longtime Nebraska assistant coach under Francis Allen and now Chuck Chmelka, his prep and collegiate teammate, Hartung helped lead Nebraska to four consecutive national team gymnastics championships in 1979-80-81-82. …

He’s a cancer survivor.

“I was judging the World Gymnastics Championships in Belgium in 2010,” he told me. “I wore a tie all day, and when I took it off, I rubbed my neck and found a bump. I remember thinking ‘I don’t have a sore throat. I don’t have a cold.’ I just had an ominous feeling from that moment to the rest of the trip. When I got back to Lincoln, I saw a doctor the next morning. I was diagnosed with a type of throat cancer that was right behind my voice box.”

Humble Hartung Values Life More Than the Gold Medals


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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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