Former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby will be speaking at the State Theatre in New Brunswick on Wednesday, April 18th. She’ll be the fourth woman to grace the stage this season in the SmartTalk conversation series following Jane Goodall, Donna Brazile, and Frances Mayes. Like the others, she’ll be on hand to share her life story, tracing her steps from a budding gymnast to a Broadway star.
Ms. Rigby turned to gymnastics as an escape from her alcoholic father. Her talent and determination resulted in her capturing a spot on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team, and then on to win a silver medal on the balance beam in 1970 at the World Gymnastics Championships, all at a time of Eastern European dominance.
At 15 she turned to bingeing and purging, and became anorexic and bulimic, nearly dying twice. She retired from gymnastics, got married, and gave birth to two sons. Staying in a sports-related field, she became a commentator for ABC Sports.
Rigby divorced, sought medical assistance, and began a new career as an actress and singer. She earned rave reviews as Peter Pan. Her story of perseverance will inspire you to soar higher than the character she’s played on Broadway.
You can STILL buy tickets for this event. I have a 10% discount code for you this season! Just use RB 12 source code PT when ordering single tickets. I also have a pair of tickets to give away to one of my readers ($120 value). Just write that you’d like to go in the comment section below, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win! The winner will be announced on Monday, the 16th. If the winner doesn’t come forward by Sunday, a new winner will be announced. These tickets are courtesy of SmartTalk. Good luck!