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.