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Joe Kotys

Gymnastics ranked as his first love, but he also won awards in the water. Three times Koyts was the Ohio collegiate diving champion as a member of the Kent State team. But he probably did as much or more than anyone else to gymnastics to where it is in the Greater Akron area today. He was only 5-7 and 150 pounds when he won the Pan American Games gold medal in 1955. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team in 1948, an alternate in 1952 and again made the team in '56 but withdrew because of an injury.

Inducted 1975 | Gymnastics