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Gymnasts are the individuals who are trained in the sport of gymnastics and engage in competitive events at the regional, national or international level. Gymnastics are the physical exercises that involve the display of physical strength, agility, flexibility, coordination and balance. Gymnastics are performed using specialized equipment and apparatus such as bars, rings, vault and balance beams, rings, etc. The modern day gymnastics has its origins in ancient Greece where young men were trained for war through muscle-building exercises like wrestling, boxing, jumping, and running. The sports evolved with time and today it is performed by men as well as women. The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) is the body that governs all of the international competitive gymnastic sports. The most popular discipline of gymnastics is artistic gymnastics which is a popular spectator sport at the Summer Olympic Games. Women’s events primarily include balance beam, uneven bars, floor exercise, and vault while men’s events include pommel horse, floor exercise, still rings, parallel bars and high bar. Other gymnastic disciplines include rhythmic gymnastics, tumbling, aerobic gymnastics, and team gymnastics. Browse this section know about the famous gymnasts from all over the world.
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Simone Biles
(Most Decorated Gymnast of All Time)
Simone Biles
61
Birthdate: March 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

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.

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McKayla Maroney
(American Retired Artistic Gymnast and 2012 Olympic Champion as Part of the Team 'Fierce Five')
McKayla Maroney
39
Birthdate: December 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aliso Viejo, California, United States
Former U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney soared to fame after winning the gold medal and an individual silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. A picture of her "not impressed" expression went viral as an internet meme. She was one of the gymnasts who accused doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.
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Gabby Douglas
(Retired Artistic Gymnast and 1st African American to Become the Olympic Individual All-Around Champion)
Gabby Douglas
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Birthdate: December 31, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States

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.

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Aly Raisman
(Former American Artistic Gymnast and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Aly Raisman
8
Birthdate: May 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Needham, Massachusetts, United States
With six Olympic medals, including gold medals won at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics, gymnast Aly Raisman is the second-most-decorated Olympic gymnast in the U.S. She was one of many who accused Olympic team physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse, leading to his conviction.
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Nastia Liukin
(American Former Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Nastia Liukin
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Birthdate: October 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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.

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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.

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Dominique Moceanu
(Retired American Gymnast Who Became the First American to Win the All-Around Gold Medal)
Dominique Moceanu
9
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.

 8 
Olga Korbut
(Gymnast)
Olga Korbut
7
Birthdate: May 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grodno

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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Laurie Hernandez
(American Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Laurie Hernandez
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Birthdate: June 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Old Bridge Township, New Jersey, United States

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.

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Shannon Miller
(American Former Artistic Gymnast and Two-Times Olympic Gold Medallist)
Shannon Miller
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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.   

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Alicia Sacramone
(Former American Artistic Gymnast)
Alicia Sacramone
14
Birthdate: December 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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. 

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Carly Patterson
(Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Carly Patterson
5
Birthdate: February 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

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. 

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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.

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Nadia Comaneci
(Romanian Retired Gymnast and a Five-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Nadia Comaneci
9
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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Shawn Johnson
(American Former Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Shawn Johnson
15
Birthdate: January 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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.  

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Sunisa Lee
(Gymnast)
Sunisa Lee
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Birthdate: March 9, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

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.

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Katelyn Ohashi
(American Former Artistic Gymnast )
Katelyn Ohashi
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Birthdate: April 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Artistic gymnast Katelyn Ohashi is a six-time All-American and a four-time USA Gymnastics' Junior National Team member. She won the 2011 Junior National Championship and the 2013 American Cup. A video of her perfect 10-winning routine at the 2019 Collegiate Challenge went viral on the internet, gaining her international fame.
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Nellie Kim
(Artistic gymnast)
Nellie Kim
5
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shurab, Tajikistan
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Svetlana Boginskaya
(Former Artistic Gymnast for the Soviet Union and Belarus)
Svetlana Boginskaya
5
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.

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Mads Mikkelsen
(Danish Actor Known for His Role in Films: 'Pusher', 'Casino Royale' and the Series 'Hannibal')
Mads Mikkelsen
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Birthdate: November 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Østerbro, Denmark

Mads Mikkelsen is a Danish actor best known for his portrayal of Le Chiffre in the 2006 spy film Casino Royale, which earned him international recognition. One of the most celebrated and decorated Danish actors of his generation, Mads Mikkelsen has received several prestigious awards such as the Bodil Award, European Film Academy Achievement award, and Cannes Film Festival Award.

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Danell Leyva
(Cuban-American Former Gymnast Who Competed for America and was a Specialist on 'Parallel Bars' and 'Horizontal Bar')
Danell Leyva
7
Birthdate: October 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardenas, Cuba

With his mother and stepfather both being national gymnasts from Cuba, Danell Leyva was bound to follow in their footsteps. The Cuban-American gymnast has won 2 silvers and 1 bronze at the Olympics. In 2020, he came out as pansexual and bisexual, hoping it would ease things for other LGBT individuals.

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Věra Čáslavská
(Czechoslovak Artistic Gymnast Considered the Greatest in Czech History)
Věra Čáslavská
4
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.

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Kerri Strug
(Retired American Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Kerri Strug
9
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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Svetlana Khorkina
7
Birthdate: January 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belgorod, Russia
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Alina Kabaeva
(Politician)
Alina Kabaeva
12
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Kacy Catanzaro
(WWE Professional Wrestler and American Ninja Warrior Competitor)
Kacy Catanzaro
9
Birthdate: January 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States

Once a Junior Olympic gymnast, wrestler Kacy Catanzaro later scripted history by becoming the first woman to scale the Warped Wall obstacle on the NBC show American Ninja Warrior. She has also been featured on Sports Illustrated’s Fitted 50 twice. She now works for NXT, as part of WWE.

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Kyla Ross
(American Former Artistic Gymnast and Current Assistant Coach for the 'Arkansas Razorbacks Gymnastics Team')
Kyla Ross
7
Birthdate: October 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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.

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Jordyn Wieber
(Former Artistic Gymnast and Head Coach of the 'Arkansas Razorbacks Gymnastics' Team)
Jordyn Wieber
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Birthdate: July 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: DeWitt, Michigan, United States

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.  

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Ariana Berlin
(American Artistic Gymnast, Dancer and Film Actress)
Ariana Berlin
8
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

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.  

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Madison Kocian
(Retired American Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Madison Kocian
8
Birthdate: June 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

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.

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Emilie Livingston
(Canadian Dancer, Aerialist, Contortionist, and Former Rhythmic Gymnast)
Emilie Livingston
4
Birthdate: January 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada

Canadian rhythmic gymnast and contortionist Emilie Goldblum (née Livingston), wife of actor Jeff Goldblum, is a three-time national champion and was placed 18th in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She also won a gold at the 1999 Pan American Games. She has been a body double for Emma Stone and Rihanna.

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Dana Brooke
(Professional Wrestler)
Dana Brooke
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Birthdate: November 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seven Hills, Ohio, United States

Gifted with a chiseled body, Ashley Mae Sebera, better known as Dana Brooke, was initially a diver and a gymnast but switched to bodybuilding and fitness championships after repeated injuries. She later gained fame as a WWE wrestler. Equipped with a fashion degree, she also launched a boutique.

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Ludmilla Tourischeva
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Birthdate: October 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grozny, Russia
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MyKayla Skinner
(Artistic gymnast)
MyKayla Skinner
5
Birthdate: December 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gilbert, Arizona, United States

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.

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Gabby Logan
(Presenter and a former international rhythmic gymnast)
Gabby Logan
6
Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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Beth Tweddle
(Retired British Artistic Gymnast )
Beth Tweddle
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Birthdate: April 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Known as Britain’s most successful gymnast, Beth Tweddle is a 3-time world champion and a 6-time European champion, apart from being an Olympic bronze medalist. Born in South Africa, she moved to England as a toddler and began training in gymnastics ate age 7. She has been named an MBE, too.

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He Kexin
(Artistic gymnast)
He Kexin
3
Birthdate: January 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beijing, China
In spite of winning 2 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, artistic gymnast He Kexin created quite a controversy for her age, as old records showed she may not have been old enough to participate in the games. However, all investigations were closed soon, and she retained her medals.
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Jade Carey
(Artistic gymnast)
Jade Carey
5
Birthdate: May 27, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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.

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Daniel Webber
4
Birthdate: June 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
 40 
Nile Wilson
(Former British Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Bronze Medalist)
Nile Wilson
8
Birthdate: January 17, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Two-time Commonwealth gold-winning gymnast Nile Wilson is also a World Championship silver medalist and an Olympic bronze medalist. He retired from the sport at age 21. He is also a social-media star, with two popular YouTube channels, where he posts his work-out videos and other life stories.

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Yelena Shushunova
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Birthdate: May 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 16, 2018
 42 
Claudia Fragapane
(Artistic gymnast)
Claudia Fragapane
4
Birthdate: October 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Apart from 4 Commonwealth gold medals, British artistic gymnast Claudia Fragapane has also earned 3 European Championship silver medals and two World Championship bronze medals. She also reached the semi-finals of the reality show Strictly Come Dancing at 18, the second-youngest public figure on the show ever.

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Ragan Smith
(American Collegiate Gymnast and 2017 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships Winner)
Ragan Smith
7
Birthdate: August 8, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Snellville, Georgia, United States

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. 

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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.

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Márta Károlyi
(Gymnastics coach)
Márta Károlyi
4
Birthdate: August 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania

Márta Károlyi is a Hungarian-born Romanian-American gymnastics coach. She was the former national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics. Her husband, Bela, is also a prominent gymnastics coach, and between them, the couple has trained nine Olympic champions, fifteen world champions, sixteen European medalists, and many US national champions. She retired from coaching in 2016. 

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Kurt Thomas
(Gymnast)
Kurt Thomas
4
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
8
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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Jennifer Gadirova
4
Birthdate: October 3, 2004
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Irish-born gymnasts of Azerbaijani origin, Jennifer Gadirova and her twin, Jessica, have both excelled at artistic gymnastics at the international level. Jennifer has not only won an Olympic bronze for Britain but also became the first British gymnast to earn a Junior World Championship medal, with her silver win in 2019.

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Isidora Goreshter
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Birthdate: October 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States

Isidora Goreshter is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Svetlana on the popular comedy-drama TV series, Shameless. Goreshter competed in gymnastics prior to her acting career. In 1992, she took part in the California State Cup Championship and the Central Pacific Championships, earning second place overall in the latter.

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Simona Amânar
(Former Romanian Artistic Gymnast Who Won Three Olympic Gold Medals)
Simona Amânar
4
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.