As we gear up for our annual Harlem Gymnastics Invitational, I am reminded that gymnastics is a sport of rules. Each discipline has a book of rules called the Code of Points! The Code of Points is the responsibility of the Technical Committee of the International Federation of Gymnastics (“FIG”). And Steve Butcher is the technical coordinator for the FIG! Most recently, he also served as president of the FIG Men’s Technical Committee.
For ten years I was on the USAG Executive Committee with Jackie Fie, who was the President of the Women’s Technical Committee. I was in awe of her knowledge, passion, and fairness, and also how she had to so carefully navigate this international group of gymnastics officials.
I am in awe of Steve Butcher, too- and so so proud! I have known Steve for many years and it has been amazing to see him rise to the top of our sport. I follow him as he travels the world, holds court at the Olympic Games and makes his mark and sets the stage for the best male gymnasts in the world!
Today for Black Gymnasts in History we salute Steve Butcher, President of the FIG Men’s Technical Committee.