Famous 20th Century Gymnasts

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Olga Korbut
(Soviet Former Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Olga Korbut
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Birthdate: May 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grodno, Belarus

Olga Korbut is a former gymnast who represented the Soviet Union in two Olympic Games, winning four gold medals and two silver medals. Nicknamed the Sparrow from Minsk, Korbut also participated in the 18th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships where she won two gold medals and four silver medals. In 1988, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. 

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Dominique Dawes
(American Retired Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Dominique Dawes
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Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Known as Awesome Dawesome, Dominique Dawes is a retired star gymnast from the U.S. who was part of the gold-winning team at the Atlanta Olympics. She also became the first African-American to earn an individual Olympic medal, with her bronze. She is also part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

 3 
Nadia Comaneci
(Romanian Retired Gymnast and a Five-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Nadia Comaneci
8
Birthdate: November 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Onești, Romania

Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian former gymnast. One of the best-known gymnasts in the world, Comaneci has five Olympic gold medals under her belt. Credited with popularizing gymnastics around the world, Nadia Comaneci was honored by the Laureus World Sports Academy by including her in their Athletes of the 20th Century list in 2000.

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 4 
Mary Lou Retton
(American Retired Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Mary Lou Retton
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Birthdate: January 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairmont, West Virginia, United States

Retired gymnast Mary Lou Retton, known for her trademark, The Retton Flip, made history by becoming the first American female gymnast to win an individual Olympic gold medal and was the first gymnast named to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. She later became a motivational speaker.

 5 
Věra Čáslavská
(Czechoslovak Artistic Gymnast Considered the Greatest in Czech History)
Věra Čáslavská
5
Birthdate: May 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: August 30, 2016

Věra Čáslavská was a Czechoslovak artistic gymnast who won 22 international titles, including 11 European Championships, four World Championships, and seven Olympic gold medals. The most decorated gymnast in Czech history, Čáslavská is the only gymnast to have won at least one Olympic gold in each individual event. In 1998, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

 6 
Shannon Miller
(American Former Artistic Gymnast and Two-Times Olympic Gold Medallist)
Shannon Miller
10
Birthdate: March 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rolla, Missouri, United States

Shannon Miller is a former artistic gymnast who is one of the most decorated US female gymnasts in Olympics history. She is the winner of seven Olympic medals, including the five she won at the 1992 Olympics, and 16 World Championships.  She is a member of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.   

 7 
Svetlana Boginskaya
(Former Artistic Gymnast for the Soviet Union and Belarus)
Svetlana Boginskaya
8
Birthdate: February 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Known as the Belarusian Swan, Svetlana Boginskaya started off as a figure skater before moving on to gymnastics at age 6. By 14, she was part of the Soviet national gymnastics team. The three-time Olympic champion is now settled in Texas and owns businesses that provide gymnastics camps and apparel.

 8 
Nellie Kim
(Artistic gymnast)
Nellie Kim
8
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shurab, Tajikistan
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 9 
Ludmilla Tourischeva
(Former Russian Gymnast, Ukrainian Gymnast Coach, and a Nine-Time Olympic Medalist)
Ludmilla Tourischeva
5
Birthdate: October 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grozny, Russia
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 10 
Vitaly Scherbo
(Belarusian Former Artistic Gymnast and 4-Time Olympic Bronze Medalist)
Vitaly Scherbo
8
Birthdate: January 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Retired Belarusian artistic gymnast Vitaly Scherbo became the only male gymnast to win a world title in all 8 events. He has also won 6 gold medals in the Olympics and was the first person to win 4 gold medals in one day. The Scherbo vault has been named after him.

 11 
Lilia Podkopayeva
(Former Ukrainian Artistic Gymnast)
Lilia Podkopayeva
4
Birthdate: August 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Donetsk, Ukraine
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
 12 
Li Ning
(Chinese Retired Gymnast and the Founder of the Eponymous Sportswear Company 'Li-Ning')
Li Ning
4
Birthdate: March 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liuzhou, China

Legendary Chinese gymnast Li Ning not only has 3 Olympic gold medals in his kitty but is now also a billionaire entrepreneur and the owner of a self-titled sports apparel and equipment brand. Starting training at age 8, he later earned the unofficial title of the Prince of Gymnastics in China.

 13 
Daniela Silivaș
(Romanian Former Artistic Gymnast Who Won Six Olympic Medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics)
Daniela Silivaș
4
Birthdate: May 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Deva, Romania

Daniela Silivaș is a Romanian former artistic gymnast. She is best known for winning six medals (three gold, two silver, and one bronze) at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. She also earned six individual World Championships titles in her five-year tenure as a Romanian senior national team member. She became a coach after retiring in 1991. 

 14 
Dominique Moceanu
(Retired American Gymnast Who Became the First American to Win the All-Around Gold Medal)
Dominique Moceanu
10
Birthdate: September 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Gymnast Dominique Moceanu was part of the Magnificent Seven, the women’s team that won the gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. After retiring, she has studied management and also penned a book. She also sued her father for misusing her earnings as a gymnast and won the case.

 15 
Simona Amânar
(Former Romanian Artistic Gymnast Who Won Three Olympic Gold Medals)
Simona Amânar
6
Birthdate: October 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Constanța, Romania

Simona Amânar is a Romanian retired artistic gymnast. A ten-time World Championship, 12-time European Championship, and seven-time Olympic medalist, Amânar also helped her country win four successive world team titles between 1994 and 1999. In 2007, Simona Amânar was made an inductee of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

 16 
Alexei Nemov
(Former Russian Gymnast Who Won Five World Championships, Three European Championships and Twelve Olympic Medals)
Alexei Nemov
3
Birthdate: May 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tengushevsky District, Russia
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 17 
Bart Conner
(American Former Gymnast and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Bart Conner
4
Birthdate: March 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

American gymnastics legend Bart Conner is the only male gymnast from his country to have won gold medals at all levels of national and international competition. A 2-time Olympic gold medalist, he also has a journalism degree. He now runs a gymnastics academy with his wife and Romanian Olympic champion Nadia Comaneci.

 18 
Ecaterina Szabo
(Romanian Former Artistic Gymnast)
Ecaterina Szabo
5
Birthdate: January 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zagon, Romania

Ecaterina Szabo is a Romanian former artistic gymnast who won four gold medals and a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She also represented her country at the World Championships and European Championships, winning 10 medals and five medals respectively. In 2000, Ecaterina Szabo was made an inductee of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

 19 
Yelena Shushunova
(Russian Gymnast)
Yelena Shushunova
4
Birthdate: May 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 16, 2018
Height: 4'10" (147 cm)
 20 
Sandra Izbașa
(Romanian Former Artistic Gymnast)
Sandra Izbașa
4
Birthdate: June 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Sandra Izbașa is a Romanian former artistic gymnast who won a gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. She also won seven gold medals at the European Championships during her illustrious career. Sandra Izbașa's best result at the World Championships came at the 2006 Championships where she won the silver medal in the Balance Beam event.

 21 
Kurt Thomas
(American Olympic Gymnast)
Kurt Thomas
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Birthdate: March 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: June 5, 2020

Kurt Thomas was a gymnast who became the first American male gymnast to win a gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 1978. He won six medals at the world championship in 1979 and was also the James E. Sullivan Award winner that year. He appeared in the 1985 film Gymkata. 

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Aurelia Dobre
(Romanian Former Artistic Gymnast and the 1987 World All-Around Champion)
Aurelia Dobre
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Birthdate: November 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Aurelia Dobre is a Romanian former artistic gymnast who won three gold medals at the 24th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in 1987. In the same World Championships, she won two bronze medals. In 1988, she helped her team win the silver medal at the Summer Olympics. In 2016, she was made an inductee of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Oksana Chusovitina
(Uzbekistani Artistic Gymnast)
Oksana Chusovitina
8
Birthdate: June 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bukhara, Uzbek SSR, USSR
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
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Larisa Latynina
(Former Russian Artistic Gymnast Who Has Won 14 Individual Olympic Medals and Four Team Medals)
Larisa Latynina
9
Birthdate: December 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kherson, Ukraine
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Kerri Strug
(Retired American Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Kerri Strug
6
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

Kerri Strug is a retired gymnast who was a member of the all-around women's gymnastics team that represented USA at the 1996 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal. She began training in gymnastics as a child. She was mentored by coach Béla Károlyi and made her way to the US national team. She became a teacher after retirement. 

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Cathy Rigby
(American Actress and Former Artistic Gymnast)
Cathy Rigby
8
Birthdate: December 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States

Best known for her iconic portrayal of Peter Pan on Broadway, actor Cathy Rigby was initially a talented gymnast, too. A 2-time Olympian, she became the first female athlete from the US to win a world gymnastics medal. She also struggled with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

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Julianne McNamara
(American Former Artistic Gymnast)
Julianne McNamara
3
Birthdate: October 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Julianne McNamara is a former artistic gymnast who was the winner of the U.S. women's first individual event gold medal in Olympic history. She qualified for the 1980 Olympic team but did not compete due to the Olympic Committee's boycott of the games. She went on to win an individual gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. 

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Agnes Keleti
(Hungarian-Israeli Retired Artistic Gymnast and Coach)
Agnes Keleti
4
Birthdate: January 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Agnes Keleti is a Hungarian-Israeli former artistic gymnast and coach. A former Olympic and world champion, Keleti won 10 Olympic medals including two bronze medals, three silver medals, and five gold medals. She is regarded as one of the most successful Jewish Olympians of all time. In 2001, Agnes Keleti was inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.  

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Kim Zmeskal
(American Gymnastics Coach and Retired Artistic Gymnast)
Kim Zmeskal
5
Birthdate: February 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Kim Zmeskal is a retired artistic gymnast. She was the 1991 World All-Around champion and a member of the US team that competed in the 1991 World Championships and won a silver medal. She is also a three-time United States national all-around champion. She is currently a gymnastics coach and co-owns Texas Dreams Gymnastics with her husband, Chris. 

 30 
Jamie Dantzscher
(American Former Artistic Gymnast)
Jamie Dantzscher
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Birthdate: May 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Jamie Dantzscher is a former artistic gymnast who was a member of the  American team that won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She made her international debut at the 1996 City of Pope's competition in France and achieved All-American honors 15 times. She is a member of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. 

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Gina Gogean
(Former Romanian Artistic Gymnast Who Won Two Olympic Silver Medals)
Gina Gogean
3
Birthdate: September 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Campuri, Romania

Gina Gogean is a former artistic gymnast best known for winning silver medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. She also won three bronze medals at the 1996 Games. A nine-time world champion and five-time European champion, Gogean has been a regular gymnastics judge since 2001. In 2013, she was made an inductee of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Paul Hunt
(Gymnastics clown)
Paul Hunt
4
Birthplace: Illinois, United States

Once a US national champion, gymnast Paul Hunt also made use of his sense of humor, often performing comic-relief routines, dressed in skirts, using pseudonyms such as Paulina and Pauletta. A talented coach, he was forced to shut down his gymnastics academy in Salt Lake City due to COVID-19.

 33 
Mitch Gaylord
(American Gymnast, Actor, and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Mitch Gaylord
5
Birthdate: March 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States

Apart from being an Olympic gold medalist, US gymnast Mitch Gaylord also experimented with acting. He scripted history by becoming the first gymnast from the US to score a perfect 10 in the Olympics. He later starred in American Anthem and worked as a stunt double in Batman Forever.

 34 
Yordan Yovchev
(Former Bulgarian Gymnast, Olympic Silver and 3-Times Bronze Medallist)
Yordan Yovchev
3
Birthdate: February 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Former Bulgarian gymnast and current president of Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation Yordan Yovchev competed in six successive Olympic Games and won two bronze in 2000 and one silver and one bronze in 2004. Other achievements of Yovchev includes winning four gold medals at the World Championships, two each in 2001 and 2003; and one gold at European Men's Championships in 2002.

 35 
Liang Chow
(Chinese-American Former Artistic Gymnast)
Liang Chow
5
Birthdate: January 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Chinese former artistic gymnast and the owner of Chow’s Gym, Liang Chow has over 30 international gold medals in his kitty. He later moved to the US, where he focused on coaching. He is known for training Olympic gold medalists such as Gabby Douglas and Shawn Johnson.

 36 
Valeri Liukin
(Russian-American Retired Artistic Gymnast and Gymnastics Coach)
Valeri Liukin
5
Birthdate: December 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aktobe, Kazakhstan

Known as Olympic champion Russian-American gymnast Nastia Lukin’s father, Soviet gymnast Valeri Liukin has himself won 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the Olympics. Part of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, he became a successful gymnastics coach in the US and also coached the Brazilian national women's gymnastics team.

 37 
Dianne Durham
(American Artistic Gymnast)
Dianne Durham
5
Birthdate: June 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: February 4, 2021

Dianne Durham was an artistic gymnast who won the all-around senior title at the women's US National Championships in 1983, becoming the first African American athlete to do so. She suffered from injuries that put a premature end to her brilliant career, and she had to retire in 1985. Later on, she ran the Skyline Gymnastics school in Chicago. 

 38 
David Jacobs
(American Trampoline Gymnast)
David Jacobs
4
Birthdate: March 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States

American trampoline gymnast David Jacobs first gained attention after winning the synchronized trampoline title at the 1966 Trampoline World Championships. He later won 2 more World Championship golds and a silver. He is also known for an impromptu appearance on the hidden-camera reality show Impractical Jokers.

 39 
Julissa Gomez
(American Gymnast)
Julissa Gomez
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Birthdate: November 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: August 8, 1991

Though born to working-class parents, Julissa Gomez was encouraged by them to train for gymnastics at an early age. An Olympic hopeful, Gomez suffered a devastating head injury at an event in Japan, rendering her paralyzed and in a coma for days. She eventually died, prompting safety reforms in gymnastics.

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Amanda Borden
(American Gymnast Who Was the Captain of the United States team in the1996 Summer Olympics, the Magnificent Seven)
Amanda Borden
5
Birthdate: May 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Amanda Borden captained the gold-winning US gymnastics team, known as the Magnificent Seven, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The Cincinnati-born athlete is now a mother of three and runs the Arizona-based Gold Medal Gym, where she trains budding young gymnasts. She also works as an commentator for sports channels such as ESPN.

 41 
Yelena Davydova
(Russian-Canadian Gymnastics Coach and Women’s Artistic Individual All-Around Champion at the 1980 Summer Olympics)
Yelena Davydova
3
Birthdate: August 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Voronezh, Russia
 42 
Tatiana Gutsu
(Ukrainian Former Artistic Gymnast)
Tatiana Gutsu
4
Birthdate: September 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 43 
Jaycie Phelps
(American Olympic Gymnast Known for Her Consistency and Clean Lines in Her Gymnastics)
Jaycie Phelps
5
Birthdate: September 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Part of the Magnificent Seven that won the US its first Olympic gold in the women’s team gymnastics competition, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Jaycie Phelps had started training at age 4. She now runs the Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center in Indiana, training the kids of her hometown.

 44 
Tim Daggett
(American Former Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Tim Daggett
4
Birthdate: May 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Part of the team that scripted history by winning the US its first men’s gymnastics Olympic team gold, at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Tim Daggett himself scored a perfect 10 on the high bar. His career was also riddled with injuries. Post-retirement, he became a coach and an NBC analyst.

 45 
Elena Mukhina
(Russian Artistic Gymnast)
Elena Mukhina
5
Birthdate: June 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: December 22, 2006
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 46 
Gísli Örn Garðarsson
(Best Known for His Performance in the Icelandic Film 'Children')
Gísli Örn Garðarsson
4
Birthdate: December 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Iceland

Gísli Örn Garðarsson is an Icelandic actor and occasional scriptwriter and producer. Also a theatre director, Gísli Örn is credited with co-founding a theatre and film company called Vesturport. Gísli Örn Garðarsson is best known for his portrayal of Garðar in the 2006 Icelandic film Children, which earned him a Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007.

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Regina Weber
(German Former Rhythmic Gymnast)
Regina Weber
4
Birthdate: April 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winsen, Germany
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 48 
Liu Xuan
(Former Chinese Artistic Gymnast and Actress)
Liu Xuan
3
Birthdate: August 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Changsha, Hunan, China

Former artistic gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Liu Xuan also has 4 Asian Games gold medals in her kitty. Encouraged by her mother to take up gymnastics, she excelled in the game. She later earned a journalism degree, tried her luck in acting, and also released a pop album.

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Zdeňka Podkapová
(The First Model from Czech Republic to Win the 'Penthouse Pet of the Year' title.  )
Zdeňka Podkapová
3
Birthdate: August 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia

Zdenka Podkapova is a Czech actress, adult model, and former gymnast. She achieved international prominence in May 1998 when she was selected as Penthouse Pet of the Month. Her popularity increased in 2001 when she was named Penthouse Pet of the Year, becoming the first model from Czech Republic to win the Penthouse Pet of the Year title.  

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Jacquie Beltrao
(Sports presenter, Rhythmic gymnast)
Jacquie Beltrao
3
Birthdate: April 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)