Bart Conner

Inside Biography

Bart Conner is a retired American gymnast. A former Olympian, Conner won two Gold Medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics as part of the US national men's gymnastics team. Since 2015, he has been a play-by-play commentator on ESPN's coverage of gymnastics on the SEC Network.    

How Old is Bart Conner? What is his Height?

Bart Conner was born Bart Wayne Conner on March 28, 1958, the son of Harold Conner and Jacqueline Conner-Wolthausen. As of August 2020, Bart Conner is 62 years old and stands at 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 meters).  

A native of Illinois, Bart was born in Chicago and raised in nearby Morton Grove. He has two brothers: Michael and Bruce Conner. Bart attended Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois, where he was part of the gymnastics team.

After his graduation in 1976, Bart attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations in 1984.  

Career

A precocious gymnast, Bart was 14 when he won the U.S. Junior National Championship in 1972. At 17, he won the U.S. Gymnastics Federation All-Around championship. He joined the US national gymnastics team as its youngest member (at age 21) in the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal.     

Bart Conner during the 1984 Summer Olympics SOURCE: Sooner Sports

He won two Olympic gold medals during the 1980 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles -- one as part of the team and one for the men's parallel bars.    

He has also won gold at the 1979 World Championships and at the American Cup.  

After his retirement, Bart Conner working as the play-by-play commentator on ESPN's coverage of gymnastics for the-then newly launched SEC Network in 2015.  

His book, "Winning the Gold", co-authored with Paul Ziert, was released in 1985. 

For his contributions to gymnastics, Conner has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including an induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, cla s s of 1991; the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, cla s s of 1996; and the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, cla s s of 1997.      

Father of a Son with the Romanian Gymnast Nadia Comăneci

Bart Conner has been married to the eminent Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci for close to 25 years. Conner met the Olympic gold medalist during the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics and formed a friendship with her. When Nadia defected from Romania, Bart helped her escape an abusive relationship and get settled in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

Bart Conner and his wife, the Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comăneci SOURCE: Getty Images

Their relationship turned romantic in the early-'90s and they dated for four years before getting engaged. Their marriage was held on April 27, 1996, in Bucharest, Romania, that made national news and was broadcast live throughout Romania. Their son, Dylan Paul Conner was born on June 3, 2006.

 Bart currently resides in Norman, Oklahoma, where he and Nadia co-own and operate their gymnastics school, the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy. 

by shrijan, 2020-08-24 17:23:18

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