Simone Biles is an artistic gymnast. Having won a combined total of 30 World Championship and Olympic medals, Biles is the world's third-most decorated gymnast and the most decorated in America. Regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time by some, Simone Biles continues to inspire several aspiring gymnasts around the world, especially gymnasts from the black community.
Shawn Johnson is a former artistic gymnast who won the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medal. She is a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist and a three-time U.S. all-around champion as well. She retired from gymnastics in 2012. She was the winner of season eight of the dance competition show Dancing with the Stars.
The youngest member of the US artistic gymnastics team at the 2012 London Olympics, Kyla Ross won the team gold at the event, and became the first female gymnast to win the Olympic, the World, and the NCAA championships. Now a youth gymnastics coach, she has also launched her own line of leotards.
Born to Puerto Rican-American parents, Laurie Hernandez was homeschooled since third grade and began training in gymnastics at age 5. At 16, she was the youngest of the Final Five that won a team gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Her wide smile has earned her the nickname The Human Emoji.
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.
Alicia Sacramone is a retired artistic gymnast who won a silver medal with the United States team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. With a total of 11 Olympic and World Championship medals, she is one of the most decorated U.S. female gymnasts. She is also a spokeswoman for a fitness company and has appeared in a few commercials.
Carly Patterson is a former artistic gymnast who was the all-around champion at the 2004 Olympics. She was coached by former Israeli Olympian Yohanan Moyal and started competing internationally in 2000. She is a member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She is also a singer-songwriter and a motivational speaker. She has appeared on the TV show Celebrity Duets.
Retired artistic gymnast Gabby Douglas became an all-around Olympic champion in 2012, becoming the first African-American to achieve the feat. She is also the first American to win gold in both the individual and team competitions at the same Olympic event. She inspired the biopic The Gabby Douglas Story.
Ariana Berlin is an artistic gymnast and dancer. She competed for the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team from 2006 to 2009. One of UCLA’s most consistent athletes, she is a four-time All-American. She is also trained in break-dancing and has worked as a stunt performer in several television shows. Currently, she is an associate producer at Fox Sports.
Nastia Liukin made headlines with her 5-medal haul at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Born to an Olympic medalist gymnast father and a world champion gymnast mother, she was destined to make a career in the sport. She is now part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Jordyn Wieber is a former artistic gymnast who was a member of the gold-medal-winning U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was also a part of the victorious American team at the 2011 World Championships. She became a gymnastics coach after retirement and currently coaches the Arkansas Razorbacks gymnastics team.
Part of the gold-winning American Final Five at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Madison Kocian had also earned a silver on uneven bars at the same event. She began training in gymnastics at age 5 and retired in 2020, after the COVID-19 pandemic halted her UCLA Bruins final season.
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.
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.
Maggie Nichols is a former collegiate artistic gymnast who became the ninth NCAA gymnast to complete a Gym Slam. She represented the United States in the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, where she captured a gold medal with her team. She received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for speaking up against sexual abuse in gymnastics.
Ragan Smith is a collegiate gymnast who emerged as the 2017 United States national all-around champion. She was a member of the US National Team from 2014 to 2019 and competed at the City of Jesolo Trophy. She competes on vault, balance beam, uneven bars, and floor exercises. She is currently signed with the Oklahoma Sooners women's gymnastics program.
MyKayla Skinner is a former artistic gymnast who was the 2020 Olympic vault silver medalist. Previously, she was part of the US team that competed at the 2014 World Championships and won a gold medal. She captured a total of 11 medals at the USA National Championships during her senior career. She survived Covid-19 in 2021.
After winning the team silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Grace McCallum now plans to complete a program at the University of Utah. She is also a 2-time World champion. At 13, she broke her left elbow after a mistimed backflip and almost lost her chance at competing again.
Apart from being the first Hmong-American to participate in the Olympics, Sunisa Lee has also won a gold, a team silver, and a bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She was also the 2019 world champion. Named to Time 100 in 2021, she was pepper-sprayed in a racist attack in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
Ashton Locklear is a retired artistic gymnast who was a member of the United States team that bagged the gold at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She is also a two-time national champion on the uneven bars. She began her gymnastics career in trampolining and later switched to artistic gymnastics. She announced her retirement in 2019.
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.
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.
Jennifer Bricker is an acrobat and aerialist who became a featured performer on Britney Spears' Circus Tour. Born without legs, she was the first disabled high school tumbling champion in the state of Illinois. She received the U.S. Tumbling Association’s Inspiration Award in 1998. Her memoir Everything Is Possible became a New York Times bestseller.
Courtney Kupets is an American retired artistic gymnast best known for winning a silver and bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. A two-time Artistic Gymnastics World Champion, Kupets went on to establish herself as a coach after retiring from her competitive career. In 2017, she became the head coach of the University of Georgia's women's gymnastics team.
Jordan Chiles is an artistic gymnast who represented the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics. She emerged as the Pacific Rim champion on the vault and the floor exercise in 2018 and was the Stuttgart World Cup bronze medalist in the all-around the same year. She became the first-ever women's all-around Winter Cup champion in 2021.
Dreaming to participate in the Olympics since age 11, Morgan Hurd, unfortunately, failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A 2-time World champion, she was adopted from China at 11 months and began training in gymnastics at age 3. She is known for her signature spectacles, which she wears while competing.
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.
Chellsie Memmel was not just a 3-time world champion in her teen years, but she also won a silver team medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Now a mother of two, she is back to gymnastics, after a hiatus, competing at the U.S. Championships at age 32.
Riley McCusker wasn’t just the 2018 World champion but had also won 2 Pan American gold medals. She stunned her fans by not qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In 2020, she sued her former coach Maggie Haney for using abusive coaching tactics, such as making her train while injured.
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.
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.
Bridget Sloan is an American artistic gymnast who won the silver medal in the women's artistic team all-around competition at the Olympic Games in 2008. The following year, she won the gold medal in the all-around event at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. Bridget Sloan has also won gold medals at the Pan American Games and the Pacific Rim Championships.
Amy Chow is an American former artistic gymnast best known for winning the gold medal in the women's team all-around competition at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She also won two other Olympic medals before retiring and establishing a career as a pediatric surgeon. In 2008, she was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Former gymnast Jeanette Antolin has been a 3-time NCAA team gold winner with the UCLA Bruins and has a Pan American Games team silver in her kitty, too. In 2017, she was one of the many female gymnasts who accused US team doctor Larry Nassar of sexually abusing them.
Chinese-born gymnast Kara Eaker was adopted by a Missouri-based family. Apart from being a 2-time World champion, she also has 2 gold medals each in the Pan American Games and the Pan American Championships. Selected as an alternate member for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she tested COVID-positive just before the event.
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.
A US National Championship silver medalist, gymnast Christy Henrich was once told by an event judge that she was fat and was required to lose weight. This reportedly pushed her into an irreversible downward spiral of anorexia nervosa, which eventually caused her death at 22 and later triggered major gymnastics reforms.
Part of the Olympic silver-winning team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Samantha Peszek has also won a gold each in the World Championship and the Pan American Games. The daughter of a USA Gymnastics senior official, Luan Peszek, Samantha reportedly received death threats amid the Larry Nassar sex-abuse case.
Konnor McClain is an American artistic gymnast renowned for winning a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in 2019. After having a prolific junior career, McClain made her debut as a senior gymnast at the 2021 Winter Cup. In 2021, she was also chosen to compete in the World Championships along with eMjae Frazier, Kayla DiCello, and Leanne Wong.
Though Jade Carey signed with the Oregon State University gymnastics team in 2017, she deferred her enrollment, to train for the Olympics. The Phoenix-based artistic gymnast eventually won a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Born to a gymnastics trainer father, she showed an interest in the sport at age 4.
Maddy Curley was initially part of the UNC-Chapel Hill gymnastics team. She later also starred in the gymnastics movies Stick It and Chalk It Up. In the film Terminator: Dark Fate, she performed as a body double for Linda Hamilton. She has also been part of the Teach for America campaign.
Leanne Wong is an American artistic gymnast best known for winning a silver medal and a bronze medal at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in 2021. In 2019, she was part of the team that won the gold medal in the women's artistic team event at the Pan American Games.
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.
Terin Humphrey is a retired artistic gymnast who competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where she helped the United States team win a silver medal. She also won an individual silver medal on the uneven bars. She retired from gymnastics due to injuries in 2008 and became a police officer. She now coaches young gymnasts.