Today in Gymnast History

Events in Sport

  • 1986-09-29 Mary Lou Retton retires as a gymnast
  • 1989-11-28 Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci flees to Hungary

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 179

  • 1869-10-03 Alfred Flatow, German Olympic champion gymnast (d. 1942)
  • 1875-01-07 Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)
  • 1885-09-04 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (d. 1971)
  • 1898-11-12 Leon Štukelj, Slovene gymnast (d. 1999)
  • 1907-07-26 Istvan Pelle, Hungary, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1907-09-28 Heikki Savolainen, Finland, pommel horse gymnist (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1912-03-23 Alfred Schwarzmann, Germany, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1936)
  • 1919-09-29 Masao Takemoto, Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1921-06-09 Agnes Keleti, Hungary, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1952, 56)
  • 1921-10-17 Maria Gorokhovskaya, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1921-11-09 Viktor Chukarin, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1952, 56)
  • 1924-09-24 Nina Bocharova, Soviet gymnast

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1929-07-19 Sofia Muratova, Russian gymnast (1952-60 Olympics: 6 gold, 3 silver & 4 bronze), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2006)

  • 1931-07-26 Takashi Ono, Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • 1932-01-21 Boris Shakhlin, Russia, gymnast (Olympic-gold-1956-60-64)
  • 1934-12-27 Larissa Latynina, Ukraine, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956, 60, 64)
  • 1936-10-30 Polina Astakhova, Ukrainian gymnast (d. 2005)
  • 1938-11-11 Haruhiro Yamashita, Japanese gymnast
  • 1939-10-28 Miroslav Cerar, Yugoslav gymnast
  • 1942-05-03 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic golds), born in Prague (d. 2016)
  • 1943-02-27 Klaus Köste, Frankfurt, Germany, gymnast (Olympic Gold 1972- vault), (d. 2012)
  • 1943-03-01 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast
  • 1945-03-26 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • 1946-05-01 Valentin Muratov, USSR, floor exercise gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1946-10-11 Sawao Kato, Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1968, 72, 76)
  • 1947-11-04 Aleksandr Tkachev, USSR, parallel bars gymnist (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1947-12-10 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1949-03-12 Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • 1952-02-17 Karin Janz, East German gymnast
  • 1952-07-10 Ludmilla Tourischeva, Russian gymnast
  • 1952-10-07 Ludmila Tourischeva, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1952-10-14 Nikolai Adrianov, USSR, gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976)
  • 1952-12-12 Cathy Rigby McCoy, Los Alamitos California, gymnist (Olympic-4th-1968)
  • 1952-12-29 Nikolai Andrianov, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80)
  • 1953-12-13 Zoltan Magyar, Hungary, side horse gymnist (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • 1955-05-16 Olga Korbut, Grodno Belorussia, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1972)
  • 1956-03-29 Kurt Thomas, US, gymnist (Olympics), actor (Gymkata)
  • 1956-04-13 Michael Nikolay, German DR, gymnist (Olympics)
  • 1957-07-29 Nellie Kim, Shurab, Tajik SSR, Soviet gymnast (Olympic-3 golds-1976)
  • 1957-08-07 Alexander Dityatin, Leningrad, Russia, Soviet gymnast (3-time Olympic Champion)
  • 1957-10-04 Alexander Tkachyov, Soviet gymnast
  • 1958-03-27 Bart Connor, gymnast/sportscaster (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1958-03-28 Bart Wayne Conner, Morton Grove Ill, gymnist (Olympic-2 gold-1984)
  • 1959-07-03 Stoyan Deltchev, Bulgaria, horizontal bar gymnist (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1961-03-10 Mitch Gaylord, CA, gymnist (Olympics 1984)/actor (American Anthem)
  • 1961-06-03 Peter Glen Vidmar, gymnist (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961-07-19 Maria Filatova, Soviet gymnast
  • 1961-08-01 Bart Conner, US, parallel bars gymnist (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1961-08-07 Yelena Davydova, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1961-11-12 Nadia Comaneci, [Gheorghe], Romania, gymnist (1st 10/Olymp-gold-1976)
  • 1963-09-08 Li Ning, Chinese gymnast
  • 1964-03-04 Emilia Eberle, Romania, gymnist (Oly-silver-80)
  • 1964-06-23 Yun Lou, Chinese gymnast
  • 1965-01-26 Natalia Yurchenko, Soviet gymnast
  • 1966-07-13 Myong Hui Choe, North Korea, gymnist (Olympic-1980)
  • 1966-10-06 Julianne McNamara, Flushing NY, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1966-12-02 Anita Jokiel, Poland, gymnist (Olympic-1980)
  • 1966-12-17 Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
  • 1966-12-22 Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet gymnast
  • 1967-01-22 Ecaterina Szabo, Romanian gymnast
  • 1967-12-17 Alan Nolet, gymnist (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968-01-24 Mary Lou Retton, Fairmont WV, gymnist (Oly-gold/2 silver/2 bronze-84)
  • 1968-09-20 Chris Waller, Evanston Ill, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1969-04-23 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast
  • 1969-06-07 Mark Sohn, gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1969-07-28 Jarrod Hanks, Lafayette LA, US gymnist (Olympic-92, 96)
  • 1970-03-03 Scott Keswick, Nevada, gymnast (Coca-Cola-1st-94, Olympics-96)
  • 1970-06-13 Lance Ringnald, US gymnist (Olympic-92), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1970-06-21 John Roethlisberger, Afton Minn, gymnast (Olympics-5th-96)
  • 1970-08-02 Chainey Umphrey, gymnast (Olympics-5th-96), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1970-08-21 Bill Roth, Yonkers NY, gymnast (Pan Am-gold-1995, Olympics-96)
  • 1970-11-10 Trent Dimas, NM, gymnast (Olympics-gold-92, 96)
  • 1971-04-10 Mihai Bagiu, Timisoara Romania, US gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-05-10 Andrei Kravtsov, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-07-27 Brennon James Dowric, Australian gymnast (Olympics-92, 96)
  • 1971-10-02 Jair Lynch, gymnast (Olympics-silver-96), born in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • 1972-01-13 Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast
  • 1972-03-04 Pae Gil-Su, North Korean gymnast
  • 1972-05-09 Daniela Silivaş, Romanian gymnast
  • 1972-09-11 Kip Simons, Media Pa, gymnast (Olympics-5th-96)
  • 1972-09-21 Brooke Bushnell, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973-02-09 Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • 1973-02-24 Jordan Jovtchev, Bulgarian gymnast
  • 1973-10-02 Bret Hudson, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1974-01-29 Kris Burley, Truro Nova Scotia, gymnist (Olympics-96)
  • 1974-08-03 Blaine Wilson, gymnast (Olympics-5th-96), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1974-11-26 Richard Ikeda, Kamloops BC, gymnist (Olympics-96)
  • 1975-04-29 John Macready, gymnast (Olympics-5th-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975-06-04 Betty Okino, Uganda, US gymnist (Olympic-92)
  • 1976-02-06 Kim Zmeskal, US gymnist (Olympic-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1976-05-28 Alexei Nemov, Russian gymnast
  • 1976-06-01 Camille Martens, gymnist (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976-09-05 Tatyana Gutsu, Ukrainian gymnast
  • 1976-10-21 Lavinia Miloşovici, Romanian gymnast
  • 1976-11-20 Dominique Dawes, Silver Spring Md, gymnast (Olympics-gold/brz-92, 96)
  • 1977-03-10 Shannon Miller, Rolla MO, gymnast (Oly2 gold-2 silver/3 bronze-92, 96)
  • 1977-05-10 Amanda Borden, gymnast (World-silv-94, Oly-gold-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1977-08-15 Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast
  • 1977-09-17 Becky Turner, Marietta Ga, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1977-09-20 Ruth Moniz, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)

Weddings in Sport

  • 1990-12-29 Olympic gymnist Mary Lou Retton weds Shannon Kelley
  • 1996-04-27 Romanian gymnast and three-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci (35) weds gymnast champion Bart Conner (38) in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1999-06-12 Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller (22) weds lawyer and ophthalmologist Chris Phillips (26) at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City
  • 2006-11-04 1996 summer Olympics gold medalist gymnast Dominique Moceanu (25) weds podiatrist Dr. Michael Canales (29) in Houston, Texas
  • 2012-11-03 Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson (24) weds Mark Caldwell (27) at the Main Street Garden Park in Dallas, Texas
  • 2016-04-16 Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (24) weds NFL player Andrew East (24) in Franklin, Tennessee

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932-10-18 Ioannis Chrysafis, Greek gymnast (b. 1873)
  • 1971-02-15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (b. 1885)
  • 1984-08-25 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (b. 1921)
  • 1991-08-08 Julissa Gomez, American gymnast (b. 1972)
  • 1993-02-11 Oksana Kostina, Russian gymnist, dies in an auto accident
  • 1999-11-08 Leon Štukelj, Slovenian gymnast (b. 1898)
  • 2001-03-17 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • 2004-05-22 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • 2005-08-05 Polina Astakhova, Russian gymnast (b. 1936)

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2006-09-25 Sofia Muratova, Russian Olympic gold winning Gymnast, dies at 77

  • 2006-12-22 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)
  • 2007-02-02 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • 2008-08-16 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • 2012-12-14 Klaus Köste, German gymnast, dies at 69
  • 2016-08-30 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic golds), dies at 74