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The New Haven Register sports department is celebrating our 200th birthday by sharing 200 of the most interesting stories relating to sports in Greater New Haven over the past 200 years. Check back daily for historical updates.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Abie Grossfeld, SCSU and Olympic gymnastics coach

The first sense that Abie Grossfeld was cut from a different cloth came when the teenaged Abie dove into the Harlem River to save a 5-year-old from drowning.

As would become his persona during a Hall of Fame gymnastics career, the selfless act was rarely mentioned or highlighted in Grossfeld’s dealings with others.

True to his nature, Grossfeld was an unassuming figure — at least as unassuming as a three-time U.S. Olympic head coach could be — during a 41-year run as the gymnastics coach at Southern Connecticut.

Read Jim Fuller's complete story.

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