By: Mormon Newsroom Australia
The two hundred and five young missionaries serving in the Australia Melbourne Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met their new mission president, Peter Vidmar and his wife Donna, at morning and afternoon “Meet and Greet” events on 1st July in Wantirna and Deer Park, VIC. They had just said farewell to their departing Mission President, Cory H. Maxwell and his wife Karen, who served for three years, the usual length for a mission president appointment. The Maxwells have returned to their home in Salt Lake City, where they reunited with their eight children and their grandchildren.
The Vidmars were both born and raised in Southern California and have lived there since they were married in 1983. They met when they were students at UCLA and participating on their respective gymnastics teams. They have five grown children.
President Vidmar continued in gymnastics after he graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics. He trained with famed coach Makato Sakamato, and won many honours in U.S. gymnastic competitions before he competed in the 1984 Olympics. He won gold medals in the men's all-around team competition and the pommel horse competition, as well as a silver medal in the men's all-around individual gymnastics competition. It was an event that mesmerized the world as the Americans were not expected to win. At that time he became the highest-scoring American gymnast in Olympic history, and was the first to win a medal in the all-around competition.
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