John and John became best friends through their training and travels with gymnastics. They have combined their passion for the sport and their desire to give back to younger gymnasts by joining forces for Flip Fest.
John comes from a gymnastics family. His dad Fred was a gymnast and a member of the 1968 Olympic Team which competed in Mexico City. Fred was the head coach of the men's team at the University of Minnesota from 1971 through 2004. His sister Marie was a member of the 1984 Olympic Team which competed in Los Angeles. John was a member of the USA National Team from 1988 through 2000. He was a member of six World Championship Teams and a member of the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Teams. John is one of the most accomplished male gymnasts in American history.
John attended the University of Minnesota where he received a double major in International Business and Finance and a minor in Speech Communications. Athletically, John rewrote the collegiate record books by winning four Big Ten all-around titles and three NCAA all-around titles. He is the only gymnast in history to accomplish both. He has stayed closely involved with collegiate gymnastics as a judge, coach and fundraiser.
John has remained involved in the sport of gymnastics since his retirement from competition in 2000. He has worked as a performer, commentator, coach, judge, and athlete representative.
John started attending summer gymnastics camps in 1992 as a coach and special guest. Since that time, he has regularly attended a variety of camps across the nation. He has been involved primarily in the coaching and promotional aspects of the camps. In 2005, he partnered with John Macready, and they have worked ever since to make Flip Fest the top resort summer camp in the country.
John has participated in the sport of gymnastics his entire life. He was a competitive gymnast and a member of the United States Senior National Team from 1993-2000. He was a member of the 1995 and 1997 World Championship Teams as well as the 1996 Olympic Team. He retired from competitive gymnastics in 2000 but has continued to remain closely involved in the sport. Since 1996, John has traveled the country doing appearances at corporations and various gymnastics clubs. Many of these visits involve motivational speaking, coaching, teaching other coaches and coordinating appearances by other high profile athletes and coaches.
John has participated in summer camps in various capacities since 1996 when he first attended a camp as a guest coach. In 2001, John took over a small camp operated out of a club called Premier Gymnastics in Knoxville, Tennessee. At the time, the camp had an attendance of approximately 50 campers annually and was a one-week camp. Since John has taken it over and renamed it Flip Fest, it has grown to just over 3,000 campers and covers 12 weeks in June through August. As co-owner of the camp, John is involved in every aspect of camp operations. These include advertising, hiring of coaches and celebrity guests, camper registration, housing, food service, scheduling, entertainment and transportation.
Since 2001, John has worked to enhance all major US gymnastic events. These include the American Cup, Visa Championships, the 2003 World Championships and Olympic Trials. John has either hosted or been the creative director for every "Tour of Gymnastics Champions" since 2003. Not only has this opportunity kept John very visible within the sport, but also it has allowed him to remain involved with many of the high profile and prominent members of the gymnastics community.
John has become very well known in the gymnastics community for his performances, and this has earned him a high level of recognition and popularity among young gymnasts around the country.