Today in Gymnast History

Events in Sport

  • 1948-08-13 3 Finnish gymnasts dead heat for the gold medal in the pommel horse section at London Olympics; Paavo Aaltonen, Veikko Huhtanen & Heikki Savolainen all awarded gold
  • 1956-12-05 Soviet artistic gymnast Larisa Latynina wins the women's vault and ties for gold in the floor exercise section at the Melbourne Olympics; later takes gold total to 4 with teams and individual all-round titles
  • 1956-12-06 German WWII prisoner of war Helmut Bantz and Soviet gymnast Valentin Muratov tie for the vault gold medal with 18.85 points at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956-12-06 Soviet gymnast Viktor Chukarin follows his parallel bars gold medal with the individual all-round title and teams gold at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956-12-07 Soviet artistic gymnast Larisa Latynina takes her gold medal tally to 4 at the Melbourne Olympics; wins teams and individual all-round titles having earlier won vault and floor exercise sections
  • 1964-10-23 Czech gymnast Věra Čáslavská wins the balance beam at the Tokyo Olympics; her 3rd gold medal of the Games with individual all-round and vault victories
  • 1964-10-23 Japanese gymnast Yukio Endo wins the parallel bars gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics; his 3rd gold medal of the Games (individual all-round and team); 4th career gold (1960, 64)
  • 1968-10-25 Czech gymnast Věra Čáslavská wins the uneven bars and vault gold medals at the Mexico City Olympics; her 6th & 7th career gold medals and her 4th at these Games
  • 1968-10-26 Japanese gymnasts sweep the medals in the men's floor exercise competition at the Mexico City Olympics; Sawao Kato wins his 3rd gold of the Games ahead of teammates Akinori Nakayama and Takeshi Katō
  • 1968-10-26 Japanese gymnast Akinori Nakayama wins 3 individual gold medals on the one day (horizontal bar, rings & parallel bars) at the Mexico City Olympics; with team victory, 4 gold for the Games

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1972-08-28 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut becomes media darling at the Munich Olympics; wins gold in the teams all-round ; follows with 2 gold and a silver

Gymnast Olga Korbut
Gymnast
Olga Korbut
  • 1972-09-01 Japanese gymnast Sawao Kato wins the parallel bars gold medal at the Munich Olympics, his 3rd gold of the Games including team & individual all-round victories
  • 1986-09-29 Mary Lou Retton retires as a gymnast
  • 1988-09-22 Soviet gymnast Vladimir Artemov wins individual all-round gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; follows his teams all-round victory; wins 4 gold for the Games
  • 1988-09-24 Soviet gymnast Vladimir Artemov shares horizontal bar gold medal with teammate Valeri Liukin at the Seoul Olympics; also wins the parallel bars event to take his gold medal haul to 4 for the Games
  • 1988-09-25 Romanian gymnast Daniela Silivaș wins 3 gold medals in one day at the Seoul Olympics; balance beam, floor exercise & uneven bars events; records record equalling 7 perfect scores of 10
  • 1988-09-25 Phoebe Mills finishes third in the balance beam at the Seoul Olympics to become the first American female gymnast to win a medal at a fully attended Games
  • 1989-12-01 Romanian 5-time Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Nadia Comăneci arrives in NYC requesting political asylum to the United States; granted
  • 1992-08-02 Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus becomes the first gymnast to win 6 gold medals at one Olympics in Barcelona, also first to win 4 gold in one day's competition (pommel, vault, rings & parallel bars)
  • 2004-08-19 US gymnast Carly Patterson becomes the 2nd American woman to win the all-around gold medal, and 1st to win at a non-boycotted Olympic games, when she takes gold in Athens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-01-15 US Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Simone Biles says she is one of more than 130 women sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar

Gymnast Simone Biles
Gymnast
Simone Biles
  • 2019-10-13 Simone Biles becomes the most decorated gymnast in history when she wins record 25th medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1869-10-03 Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1896), born in Danzig, Prussia (d. 1942)
  • 1875-01-07 Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)
  • 1879-06-01 Max Emmerich, American athlete and gymnast (Olympic gold, triathlon 1904), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1956)
  • 1885-09-04 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1971)
  • 1898-11-12 Leon Štukelj, Slovene gymnast (d. 1999)
  • 1907-07-26 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1986)
  • 1907-09-28 Heikki Savolainen, Finland, pommel horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1912-03-23 Alfred Schwarzmann, German gymnast (Olympic-2 golds-1936)
  • 1919-09-29 Masao Takemoto, Japan, gymnast (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1921-06-09 Agnes Keleti, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1921-10-17 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (Olympic Champion 1952), born in Yevpatoria, Soviet Union
  • 1921-11-09 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Mariupol, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • 1924-09-24 Nina Bocharova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (Olympic gold balance beam, team 1952), born in Suprunivka, Ukraine (d. 2020)
  • 1928-07-30 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), born Moscow, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1929-03-29 Olga Tass, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold, team portable apparatus 1956), born in Pécs, Hungary (d. 2020)

Person of interestSofia Muratova

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, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • 1932-01-21 Boris Shakhlin, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1956-60-64)
  • 1934-12-27 Larisa Latynina, Ukrainian Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Kherson, Soviet Union
  • 1936-10-30 Polina Astakhova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2005)
  • 1937-01-18 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Akita, Japan (d. 2009)
  • 1938-11-11 Haruhiro Yamashita, Japanese gymnast
  • 1939-10-28 Miroslav Cerar, Yugoslav gymnast (Olypmics gold 1964, 68), born in Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • 1942-05-03 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1943-02-27 Klaus Köste, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1972- vault), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1943-03-01 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast (6 x Olympic gold 1968, 72; 7 x World C'ships gold 1966, 70), born in Nagoya, Japan
  • 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)
  • 1946-05-26 Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast (World C'ship 3 x silver, 1 x bronze 1969) and coach (World, European and Olympic competition, 294 medals), born in Rousse, Bulgaria
  • 1946-10-11 Sawao Kato, Japanese gymnast (8 Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76), born in Gosen, Japan
  • 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 (nine-time Olympic medalist for the Soviet Union), born in Grozny, Russia
  • 1952-10-07 Ludmila Tourischeva, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1972), born in Grozny, Russia
  • 1952-10-14 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1952-12-12 Cathy Rigby McCoy, American gymnast (Olympic-4th-1968), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1952-12-29 Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet/Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1953-12-13 Zoltán Magyar, Hungarian side horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Budapest, Hungary

Person of interestOlga Korbut

1955-05-16 Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast (4 x Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Grodno, Belarus

Gymnast Olga Korbut
Gymnast
Olga Korbut
  • 1956-03-29 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (first American male to win gold medal at World Championships, floor 1978; floor, horizontal bars 1979), and actor (Gymkata), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1956-04-13 Michael Nikolay, German gymnast (Olympics silver 1980), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1957-07-29 Nellie Kim, Shurab, Tajik SSR, Soviet gymnast (Olympic-3 golds-1976)
  • 1957-08-07 Alexander Dityatin, Soviet gymnast (3-time Olympic Champion), born in Leningrad, Russia
  • 1957-11-04 Aleksandr Tkachev, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold team, parallel bars 1980), born in Semiluki, Voronezh Oblast
  • 1958-03-28 Bart Conner, American gymnast (Olympic-2 gold-1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959-07-03 Stoyan Deltchev, Bulgarian horizontal bar gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 1960-06-01 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (3 x World C'ship gold 1978; 2 x World Cup gold 1977), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1961-03-10 Mitch Gaylord, American gymnast (Olympics 1984), actor (American Anthem), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1961-06-03 Peter Glen Vidmar, gymnast (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961-07-19 Maria Filatova, Soviet gymnast (Olympic 1976, 80 Gold), born in Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia
  • 1961-08-07 Yelena Davydova, Russian Canadian gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Voronezh, Soviet Union
  • 1961-11-12 Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast (5 x Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Onești, Romania
  • 1963-09-08 Li Ning, Chinese gymnast (3 Olympic gold 1984), born in Laibin, Guangxi
  • 1964-03-04 Emilia Eberle, Romania, gymnast (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1964-06-23 Yun Lou, Chinese gymnast
  • 1964-10-10 Maxi Gnauck, German uneven parallel bars gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1964-12-07 Vladimir Artemov, Russian gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1988), born in Vladimir, Russia
  • 1965-01-26 Natalia Yurchenko, Soviet gymnast, born in Norilsk, Russia
  • 1965-10-11 Julianne McNamara, American gymnast (Olympic gold, uneven bars 1984), born in Flushing, New York
  • 1966-07-13 Myong Hui Choe, North Korea, gymnast (Olympic-1980)
  • 1966-12-17 Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
  • 1966-12-22 Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet/Russian gymnast, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1967-01-22 Ecaterina Szabo, Romanian gymnast, born in Zagon, Romania
  • 1967-12-17 Alan Nolet, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968-01-24 Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 1984), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • 1968-09-20 Chris Waller, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1969-04-23 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2018)
  • 1969-06-07 Mark Sohn, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1969-07-28 Jarrod Hanks, American gymnast (Olympic-92, 96), born in Lafayette Louisiana
  • 1970-03-03 Scott Keswick, Nevada, gymnast (Coca-Cola-1st-94, Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-06-13 Lance Ringnald, American gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1970-06-21 John Roethlisberger, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Afton, Minnesota
  • 1970-08-02 Chainey Umphrey, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1970-11-10 Trent Dimas, American gymnast (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1971-04-10 Mihai Bagiu, American gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Timisoara Romania
  • 1971-05-10 Andrei Kravtsov, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971-07-27 Brennon James Dowric, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1972-01-13 Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast (6 Olympic gold medals Barcelona 1992), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1972-03-04 Pae Gil-Su, North Korean gymnast
  • 1972-05-09 Daniela Silivaș, Romanian gymnast (3 Olympic gold 1988), born in Deva, Romania
  • 1972-09-11 Kip Simons, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Media, Pennsylvania
  • 1973-02-09 Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • 1973-02-24 Jordan Jovtchev, Bulgarian gymnast
  • 1974-01-29 Kris Burley, Canadian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Truro, Canada
  • 1974-08-03 Blaine Wilson, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1974-11-26 Richard Ikeda, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Kamloops, British Columbia
  • 1975-04-29 John Macready, gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975-06-04 Betty Okino, Uganda, US gymnast (Olympic-92)
  • 1976-02-06 Kim Zmeskal, American gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1976-05-28 Alexei Nemov, Russian gymnast
  • 1976-09-05 Tatiana Gutsu, Ukrainian gymnast (1992 Olympic Champion), born in Odessa, Soviet Union
  • 1976-10-21 Lavinia Miloşovici, Romanian gymnast
  • 1976-11-20 Dominique Dawes, American gymnast (Olympics-gold/brz-92, 96), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1977-03-10 Shannon Miller, Rolla MO, gymnast (Oly2 gold-2 silver/3 bronze-92, 96)
  • 1977-05-10 Amanda Borden, gymnast (World silver 94, Olympic gold 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1977-08-15 Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast (Olympic gold 2004), born in Seregno, Italy
  • 1977-09-17 Becky Turner, Marietta Ga, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-09-20 Ruth Moniz, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-11-19 Kerri Strug, gymnast (Olympic gold 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1977-12-22 Joanna Hughes, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, Australia

Weddings in Sport

  • 1968-10-26 Czech 7-time Olympic champion gymnast Věra Čáslavská (26) weds middle distance runner Josef Odložil (29) at the Mexico City Cathedral, Mexico City
  • 1990-12-29 Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton weds Shannon Kelley
  • 1996-04-27 Romanian gymnast and 5-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comăneci (35) weds American gymnast 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 Olympic 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)
  • 1942-12-28 Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1896), dies at 73
  • 1956-06-29 Max Emmerich, American athlete and gymnast (Olympic gold, triathlon 1904), dies at 77
  • 1971-02-15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, dies at 85
  • 1984-08-25 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 62
  • 1986-03-06 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • 1991-08-08 Julissa Gomez, American gymnast (b. 1972)
  • 1993-02-11 Oksana Kostina, Russian gymnast, 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, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), dies at 68

Person of interestSofia Muratova

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

  • 2006-10-06 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), dies at 78
  • 2006-12-22 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (3 x World C'ship gold 1978; 2 x World Cup gold 1977), dies of complications from quadriplegia at 46
  • 2007-02-02 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • 2008-08-16 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • 2009-03-25 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), dies of Esophageal cancer at 72
  • 2011-03-21 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), dies at 58
  • 2012-12-14 Klaus Köste, German gymnast, dies at 69
  • 2016-08-30 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2018-08-16 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • 2020-06-05 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (first American male to win gold medal at World Championships, floor 1978; floor, horizontal bars 1979), dies from a stroke at 64
  • 2020-07-10 Olga Tass, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold, team portable apparatus 1956), dies at 91
  • 2020-08-31 Nina Bocharova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (Olympic gold balance beam, team 1952), dies at 95