Beachwood Sports ArchiveA monthly look back
Beachwood Sports VideoPlease Stop Believing 99 Years of Cub Losses The 1908 Song Blame It On Bartman We Can't Wait 100 Years Dusty Must Get Fired
Search The Beachwood Reporter
Subscribe to the Newsletter
"The gymnastics community let out a collective 'shock' and 'disbelief' on Monday upon learning the news that former elite gymnast Todd Gardiner of the Illinois Gymnastics Institute and one of the most decorated Illinois coaches in the sport was found by USA Gymnastics to have violated their code of ethical of conduct," NBC5 reports.
"The Indianapolis-based organization declined to provide specifics, but a spokeswoman said Gardiner's name was added Dec. 7 to its list of coaches who are permanently ineligible to coach again in the sport," the Tribune reports.
According to an e-mail obtained by the Tribune, Gardiner retired Nov. 16. In the e-mail, which Gardiner sent out to IGI parents, he addressed his limited involvement with the program over the last several months. The e0mail did not provide specifics about what prompted his sudden retirement.
"I've owned and operated gymnastics facilities in the western suburbs for nearly 40 years and have committed my life to the community, our athletes, and IGI's core values," Gardiner's e-mail read, in part. "It has been a pleasure to serve all of you. Though my involvement with IGI is over, I know its best days are still ahead."
According to his online biography, Gardiner was a national elite champion in his youth who attended Hinsdale Central High School and went on to coach at the institute, which he opened in 1979. The institute, which has operated at various locations in DuPage County, has produced about 90 full-tuition college scholarships and qualified athletes to the U.S. Olympic trials, according to its website.
In 1999, Gardiner started the well-known "Chicago Style Meet," which is held each year at Navy Pier.
The spokesperson "also confirmed the action taken against Gardiner is not related to the national scandal involving a former elite sports doctor who had worked at Michigan State University and with whom Gardiner has known professionally.
"This month, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges. Nassar also is awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to molestation charges."
* When USA Gymnastics Turned A Blind Eye To Sexual Abuse.
-More from Beachwood Sports »
Meanwhile, Maddon might have choices. Plus: The Non-Mystery Of Why Virtually No One Is Calling Ozzie Guillen; The Bears Have Become The Cubs; I Figured Out How To Fix The Cubs, AMA; The Self-Impeaching Steve Stone Has Lost His Mind; There Is A Chance The Blackhawks Aren't As Bad As They Were In Their Home Opener; The NBA, China, The Score & You; The Lovie Smith Experiment Isn't Working; Thank You, Basti; It's A Red Stars Semi; and Congrats To An Old Favorite.Continue reading "The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #273: Grandpa Vs. The Field" »
Posted on Oct 11, 2019
Bernstein & McKnight shrug off China's dystopian authoritarianism because, hey, we're all guilty.Continue reading "The NBA, China, The Score & You" »
Posted on Oct 11, 2019
"There's things within [the NFL] that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way."Continue reading "'I Just Couldn't Be a Sellout' | Why Rihanna Turned Down The Super Bowl Halftime Show" »
Posted on Oct 10, 2019
In public, he says he just wants to bring joy to the fans who really own his teams. In private, he says finishing second is the best business model because it keeps fans hungry and hopeful.Continue reading "Jerry Reinsdorf Isn't In It For The Money (LOL)" »
Posted on Oct 7, 2019