Gymnastics in History

Gymnastics: Gymnasts

Events in Sport

  • 1936-08-12 The gymnastics competition at the Berlin Olympics concludes with Germany dominating, winning 6 of 9 gold medals including the men’s & women’s teams events
  • 1960-09-07 Japan wins the men's gymnastics teams combined exercises gold for the first of 5 consecutive Olympics at the Rome Games; beats Soviet Union by just 2.5 points
  • 1972-08-30 Amidst Olga Korbut mania at the Munich Olympics, Soviet team mate Ludmilla Tourischeva wins the gymnastics individual all-round competition, her 2nd gold medal of the Games
  • 1972-08-31 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut wins balance beam & floor exercise gold medals at the Munich Olympics; follows gold in the teams all-round
  • 1976-07-18 Nadia Comăneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at 1976 Summer Olympics
  • 1981-10-04 Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest international gymnastics participant
  • 1984-07-31 US men's gymnastics team win team gold medal at LA Summer Olympics
  • 1984-08-03 Mary Lou Retton scores 10 for final vault to win the individual all-round competition in Los Angeles and become first American woman to win an Olympic gymnastics medal
  • 1991-09-07 1st South African international competition in 25 years, gymnastics
  • 1991-09-13 Kim Zmeskal is 1st American to win a medal at World Gymnastics Championships, she wins the gold with 39.848 pts
  • 1991-09-15 US women's gymnastics team win 1st World Championships medal (silver)
  • 2008-08-15 Despite China winning the women's gymnastics team all-round gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson go 1-2 in the individual all-round
  • 2008-08-19 The men's gymnastics program at the Beijing Olympics concludes with the home team from China dominating the medals tally takes 7 of 8 gold medals; Zou Kai wins 3
  • 2017-12-07 Former US gymnastics physician Larry Nasser is sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1778-08-11 Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, German educator and founder of the turnverein (gymnastics) movement, born in Lanz, Brandenburg, Prussia (d. 1852)
  • 1933-06-14 Vladislav Rastorotsky, Soviet gymnastics coach
  • 1966-10-26 Olga Bicherova, gymnastics (won title at 15 yrs 33 days)
  • 1992-01-19 Shawn Johnson, American Gymnastics Champion

Deaths in Sport

  • 1852-10-15 Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, German educator and founder of the turnverein (gymnastics) movement, dies at 74