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Paul Hunt (gymnast)

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Name  Paul Hunt

Role  Gymnast
Paul Hunt wearing white and red skirted leotard as he performs a floor exercise

Similar  Steve Hug, Scott Johnson (gymnast), Paul O'Neill (gymnast)

Paul hunt gymnastic comedy routine 1983


Paul Hunt is a gymnastics coach and gymnastics clown. Hunt was born in Illinois, and now lives in Murray, Utah. He runs Hunt's Gymnastics Academy (a.k.a. Hunt's Gym) in Salt Lake City. Hunt has performed comedic performances of women's gymnastics routines, including the uneven bars, floor exercises, and the balance beam since 1980. He has performed on US and international television, including Wide World of Sports and America's Funniest Videos.

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Paul Hunt wearing a pink skirted leotard and ribbon hair tie while performing a gymnastic comedy routine

Hunt was a competitive men's gymnast at the University of Illinois in the early 1970s. He won the Big Ten Conference individual championship in the floor exercise in 1971, and had another win in the floor exercise in 1973. He was the 1972 U.S. National Floor Exercise champion.

Paul Hunt wearing a pink skirted leotard and ribbon hair tie while performing a gymnastic comedy routine

Hunt has been coaching gymnastics in Utah since 1974. While demonstrating a backflip for a female student, he realized the comic value of a man performing women's gymnastics. He performs his complex routines during gymnastics competitions for comic relief, wearing a skirted leotard and often calling himself Paulina Huntesque, Pauletta Huntenova, Paulette Huntinova or some similar variation. Often he would sport his thick mustache.

Paul Hunt wearing a pink skirted leotard and ribbon hair tie while performing a gymnastic comedy routine

1988 paul hunt gymnastics comedy beam routine



Paul Hunt as he performes comedic performances of women's gymnastics routines

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Paul Hunt (gymnast) Wikipedia


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