Larisa Latynina is a former Soviet gymnast. This outstanding athlete won 18 Olympic medals from 1956 to 1964 and no one could beat her record for nearly half a century. Yet the record for individual event medals still remains with her. Latynina is also famous for winning all gold medals at the European Championships in 1957.
A sports superstar, Olympic Champion in 1968 and the most successful female gymnast of all time. Vera Caslavska of the Czech Republic crowned her career with four gold medals and two silvers plus the total and compete admiration of the crowd. She played a significant role not only in the sport but also in the politics of her country.
This prominent athlete from Romania is known for becoming the first gymnast in Olympic history who got the highest score of 10.0 for the perfect performance on the uneven bars, which didn’t stop her from pursuing the perfection and she was awarded the perfect 10.0 six more times. To all this should be added that she became the youngest all-round Olympic medalist ever.
Podkopayeva won the 1995 world and 1996 Olympic all-around titles due to her remarkable gymnastics talent. This supreme Ukrainian athlete emerged as a star in the early 90’s and didn’t fail to earn worldwide admiration. To the end of her career she took 17 Olympic, European and world medals. In 2008 she had an honor to be inducted into The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Alina Kabayeva is a tremendously talented Russian sportsmaster and politician. Throughout her career Kabayeva won 18 World, 2 Olympic and 25 European Championship medals. She won her first gold medal in the 1998 European gymnastics Championships in Portugal when she was only 15.
Simona Amânar is not the last name to be heard in Romanian gymnastics. She is a honorable Olympic and World medalist. She won her first medal in 1994, but later in 1996 during competitions in Atlanta, she was considered as the rising star on the Romanian team. Her style and skills were really unique, but she was ctitisized for some of her gymnatstics moves.
A word to say about her successful carreer is the best example of her hard work and dedication. Now she’s a well known person around the world and her contribution to gymnastics and sports itself will never be overestimated.
The Russain Federation must be proud of Aliya Fargatovna Mustafina and not without good reason. She is a well known artistic gymnast. In 2002 she’s gained amazing achievments at the Olympic uneven bars championship. There are many opinions about her talent and she’s thought to be one of the greatest female gymnasts of all time. Her beautiful performances were a major thing that made her really successful.
A name of Gabby Douglas is also up in lights, when we are talking about American World of Gymnastics. Gabby began her training at the age of 6 and only 2 years later in 2004 she won a state championship. America’s golden girl is also known for becoming the first African American to win the individual all-around event. In 2012 she got team gold for the U.S. at the Summer Olympics.