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Elfi Schlegel was inducted into the Captial One Academic Hall of Fame Wednesday evening in Orlando.

Wednesday June 12, 2013Gator Gymnastics Great Elfi Schlegel joins 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame


Elfi Schlegel was inducted into the Captial One Academic Hall of Fame Wednesday evening in Orlando.

Elfi Schlegel, one of the most decorated gymnasts in University of Florida history and now one of the sports most recognized television announcers, became part of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame class Wednesday evening in Orlando.


Schlegel was one of five among the 2013 Academic All-America Hall of Fame class. Other inductees honored at the ceremony held at the 2013 CoSIDA Convention held at the Marriott World Center include Commander Bruce Melnick (Football/United States Coast Guard Academy), Dr. Terry Schroeder (Men’s Water Polo/Pepperdine), Pat Tillman (Posthumous – Football/Arizona State) and Judge Thomas Vanaskie (Football/Lycoming College).


The honor caught Schlegel by surprise earlier this spring.


“When I first heard the news about being inducted into the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame, it took my breath away,” Schlegel said. “I got the call from Dick Enberg. I had no idea why he would be calling me at home in Toronto, but when he delivered the news, I could hear the excitement in his voice and how thrilled he was to give me the news.”


“I feel like life at the University of Florida and living the life of an NCAA student-athlete, it doesn’t seem to end and for that, I’m thrilled. It is such an honor to receive this prestigious award,” she continued. “This is another confirmation that my choice in attending the University of Florida was a great one. I was able to follow my dream of gymnastics and tying it in with broadcasting. It is just a wonderful honor to share with the other four Gators already in the Academic All-America Hall of Fame. I will certainly take this award home to Toronto and display it and be thrilled to talk about the wonderful life and years I had and continue to have as a Gator.”


Schlegel is the fifth Gator to be inducted into the Capital One Hall of Fame, joining Carlos Alvarez (football), Tracy Caulkins (swimming), Cris Collinsworth (football) and Megan Neyer (diving).


Schlegel earned Academic All-America accolades as a sophomore in 1984. When she finished her Gator career in 1986, she had accumulated a then-program high of six All-America honors and her 12 event titles in NCAA Regional action continues to lead the Florida record books. In addition, she was the Southeastern Conference all-around titlist in 1983 and captured individual crowns in both the vault (1984) and beam (1983 & ’86). Schlegel was the 1984 national runner-up in the floor exercise and claimed a school record 27 event victories as a Gator, leading Florida to a third place, two top five and one eighth place team finish at the NCAA Championships. She was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

A member of the 1980 Canadian Olympic team, Schlegel also competed in the 1983 and 1985 World University Games and was a member of the Canadian national team for eight years (1976-84). She was the all-around bronze medalist at the 1979 Pan American Games and the vault bronze medalist at the 1980 World Cup.

Schlegel graduated from Florida with a degree in telecommunications and she put those skills to work immediately, becoming arguably the most recognized broadcaster in gymnastics around the world. She has served as an analyst for NBC Sports for each Olympic men’s and women’s competition since 1992, and she has branched out to cover other events such as downhill and freestyle skiing and snowboarding as well as international figure skating and curling.

In addition to her duties with NBC, Schlegel has also served as a broadcaster and analyst for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CTV Sports and Sports Channel Florida. She currently serves as the President of Schlegel’s Gymnastics Centre in her hometown of Toronto and is very active in her community, including serving with the Cystic Fibrosis and Big Brothers & Big Sisters organizations. Schlegel received a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 1993 for making significant contributions to the country.

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