Editor's note: This summer, Star columnist Greg Hansen is counting down the top 10 of just about everything related to Tucson sports.
Today's list: the top 10 gymnasts from Tucson.
You could say Lindsay Wing inherited some of the top sports genes in Tucson history.
The standout gymnast – now Lindsay Wing Logan – is the granddaughter of former Tucson High state champion baseball catcher Jim Wing, who later became a member of some of the top UA baseball teams in history.
Jim Wing moved to Tucson at 10, relocating with his family from Kenyon, Minn. He served for nine years as the head baseball coach at Palo Verde High School and then applied to be the head coach at Arizona in 1972.
Athletic director Dick Clausen once told me his instinct was to hire Wing as the coach to replace retiring Frank Sancet, but ultimately thought hiring a high school coach might not be accepted at a school with such high baseball standards.
When Clausen hired former MLB infielder Jerry Kindall, Wing’s name resurfaced.
"I interviewed about 20 people the first month," said Kindall. He hired Wing as his pitching coach. Together, Kindall and Wing led Arizona to 1976, 1980 and 1986 NCAA championships.
Wing’s sons, Mike and Marc, both played baseball for the Wildcats. Lindsay, who is Mike’s daughter, emerged as one of Tucson and America’s leading female gymnasts, part of the USA women’s national team from 1996-00. Lindsay accepted a scholarship to Stanford and from 2000-04 became one of the Pac-10’s top gymnasts, an All-American in the all-around competition and a three-time all-conference selection.
She is one of our choices among the Top 10 gymnasts in Tucson history. Here’s the list: