Gold medal gymnast Marcia Frederick turns 52

Henry Frederick was reading and writing at 3. Marcia Frederick was tumbling and doing back flips when she was 3. She performed on a world stage, winning the gold in the uneven parrallel bars.

Marcia Frederick stands on podium for gold medal in Stasbourg, France in 1978 / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Marcia Frederick, the first American female gymnast to win a gold medal in Strasbourg, France, in 1978, during the world championships, celebrated her 52nd birthday on Sunday. She is the second cousin of this internet newspaper publisher.

Elena Mukhina of the Soviet Union won the silver and Nadia Comaneci of Romania won the bronze. Had it not been for President Carter having the US boycott the Moscow Olympics in 1980, because of the communist nation's Afghanistan invasion, perhps it would have been Marcia Frederick winning multiple golds instead of rival Nadia Comaneci.

And while Marcia Frederick's gymnastics feats are long behind her, Henry Frederivck continues to tell her story to a global digital audience via

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.