We are saddened to announce the passing of one of Washington's most decorated judges, former Washington and UW gymnast and high school coach - Karen Patoile Wisen. (Redmond , WA) Oct. 20, 1944 - April 28, 2014

Karen started competing in the 7th grade on the Mercer Island tumbling teamKaren judging at 1984 Olympics. She transferred to UW (1964-1966) after competing in Minnesota at Gustavus Adolphus on their very first gymnastics team. Karen became captain of the team which took 2nd at the first ever Collegiate Women's Invitational Gym Meet. (Southern Ill.)

She started judging while still at UW: Karen went with George Lewis and his team to USGF Nationals. A judge didn't show up, so Jackie Kline Fie had Karen judge. The next year they sent her to the Pan Am Games and then the FIG course in Madrid in the early 1970's!

Karen coached at Ingelmoor High School from 1968 to 1976. Won King-Co every year and won three State Championships. She judged the 1984 Olympics. USGF/USAG Regional Technical Director 1971-1996.
Karen was inducted into the WIAA -WSGCA Hall of Fame in 1998 and the USAG WA Hall of Fame in 2004.
Washington State Judge of the Year 1991 and NAWGJWA Board Member 2004-2009.

Our condolences to her husband Byron. The home address is: 3620 - 173rd Ct. NE., Redmond WA, 98052

"Karen (Wisen) was an honorable, welcoming, kind, bright leader in Region II for many very productive years from the 1970's. She represented the USGF / USAG over many years in several international competitions with integrity, knowledge, confidence and pride in her country. She will be warmly remembered for her judging contributions to USFG/USAG Region II, Pan-American Games, FIG International Competitions, mainly due to her exemplary character and friendship. My heartfelt sympathy to her family.....with my sincere sympathy, Jackie Fie"

 

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