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 since 2008. 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 close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.