One of the gymnasts that inspired me most in my life, Carol Johnston, died of complications from Early On-set Alzheimers. We trained together as kids at Altadore Gymnastics.
Julie Knight Bowse posted in Gymnastics – A Golden Era
“It is with a heavy heart that I let all of you know that Carol Johnston-Koniar [“Lefty”] passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019 ….
Carol and I were teammates and roommates at Cal State Fullerton and remained lifelong friends. Her husband called me Saturday and asked that I inform the gymnastics community. He is grateful that she is no longer suffering.” 😥
Click PLAY or watch her Beam on Facebook.
related – Her husband Scott D. Koniar posted her medical story in the Gianna Homes newsletter in 2017.
My wife Carol Johnston Koniar was born with one arm in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. …
Her parents encouraged her to not let her one arm be a handicap. Carol grew up enjoying both ice skating and gymnastics.
Carol … received a scholarship to Cal State Fullerton.
In 1979, Disney produced a documentary short on Carol entitled The Truly Exceptional: Carol Johnston.
The documentary was turned into a feature film Lefty, which premiered across the nation as part of Disney’s Wonderful World series.
… read more (page 5)
Click PLAY or watch a Cal State Fullerton tribute on YouTube.
via Fans of Canadian Gymnastics