Famous Gymnasts

  • Olga Korbut: perhaps the most famous gymnast of all time, Olga Korbut from the Soviet Union made her mark when she won three gold medals at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, dominating gymnastics competition during the 1970s.
  • Nadia Comaneci: Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci made history when she not only became the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10 at the 1976 Montreal Olympics but gained six perfect scores during the Olympics.
  • Annika Reeder: British gymnast Annika Reeder won five gold medals at the World Championships, three golds at the Commonwealth Games and three Olympic gold medals, retiring in 2001 as one of the world’s most successful gymnasts.
  • Bart Conner: Dominating American gymnastics during the 1970s, Bart Conner won a gold medal at every level of competition including the World Championships and the Olympic Games.
  • Vera Caslavska: Czechoslovakian gymnast Vera Caslavska won a total of seven Olympic gold medals during her career, the highest number of gold medals won by any gymnast before or since.
  • Larissa Latynina: the highest Olympic medal winner of all time, Larissa Latynina won a total of sixteen Olympic medals during her gymnastics career which lasted from 1956 until her retirement in 1964.
  • Leon Stukelj: one of the two honorary members of the Olympic committee, Leon Stukelj is the oldest living Olympic gold medallists, having won two gold Olympic medals and a silver on the rings when he was 37 years old.
  • Yukio Endo: dominating gymnastics during the 1960s, Japanese gymnast Yukio Endo was the All-around Japanese champion for four consecutive years and won four gold medals in the 1960 Olympics in Rome.