I can’t believe it.
Kurt Thomas competed for Indiana State University; where he was a five-time NCAA champion, winning the parallel bars and all-around in 1977 and parallel bars, horizontal bar and the all-around in 1979. Thomas helped lead the men’s gymnastics to the 1977 National Championship.
An Olympian in 1976, Kurt was the first American male gymnast to win a gold medal in floor exercise at the 1978 Worlds.
His name lives on as many of us still call Flair Czechkehre Flair a Thomas.
“I am completely devastated to hear this”, said Olympic teammate Bart Conner.
“Kurt was a fierce rival, who went on to become a cherished friend.
My heart is breaking for his wife Beckie, his children, Hunter, Kassidy and Kurt as well as the entire gymnastics community, who lost a true pioneer today.”