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Larisa Latynina - Famous Gymnast


Full Name: Larisa Siemjonovna Latynina; born Larisa Dirij

Date of Birth: 27 th December, 1934

Country: Soviet Union

Sport involved in: Gymnastics

Achievements made:

  • Winner of gold medal in the team competition at the 1954 Rome World Championships
  • Gold medalist in the team competition, all-round, vault and floor exercise events at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
  • Winner of silver medal in the uneven bars event in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
  • Bronze medalist in the team, portable apparatus event at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
  • Winner of Gold medals in the team competition, all-round and floor exercise events at the 1960 Rome Summer Games
  • Silver medal winner in the uneven bars and balance beam events in the 1960 Rome Summer Games
  • Bronze medalist in the vault event at the1960 Rome Summer Games
  • Winner of all-round titles in the 1958 and 1962 World Championships
  • Gold medal winner in the team competition and floor exercise event in the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
  • Silver medalist in the all-round and vault events in the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
  • Bronze medalist in the uneven bars and balance beam events at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
  • Given the Olympic Order (silver) by the International Olympic Committee in 1989
  • Inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Career: Larisa Latynina was the first female athlete to win nine gold medals in the history of Summer Games. Latynina also holds the record for most Olympic medals in any athlete's career. She won a total of 18 medals in the Olympics including 9 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 4 bronze medals. Latynina started practicing ballet at an early age. Eventually she shifted to gymnastics. She joined the Lenin Polytechnic Institute after her graduation in 1953. There she continued her gymnastic training at Burevestnik Voluntary Sports Society. In 1954, Latynina stepped into the international gymnastics competition. She competed in the Rome World Championships and won gold medal in the team competition. Latynina's first appearance at the Olympics was in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games . In the competition, she won four gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal. In 1958 Latynina won the World Championships title in the all-round competition. Latynina was a favorite in the 1960 Rome Summer Games . This time she won three gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal in the various events included in the Olympic gymnastics schedule. In the 1962 World championships, Latynina successfully defended her world title in the all-round competition. In the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games , she won more two gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals in the various gymnastic events. With her achievements in the Olympics, Latynina became the only athlete in the Olympic history who has won fourteen medals in individual events. She is also one of the only three women to win gold medal in the same event three times in the Summer Games. Latynina retired from the sport in 1966 after participating in the 1966 World Championships.

    Performance at the Olympics: Larisa Latynina participated in the first Olympics of her career at an age of 21. She competed in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games . In the Games, Agnes Keleti was her chief competitor. Latynina defeated Keleti in the all-round event. She led the Soviet team to win gold medal in the team competition. In the individual events, Latynina won gold medals in the floor and vault competitions. She also won one silver medal in the uneven bars event and one bronze medal in team event with portable apparatus. Latynina entered the 1960 Rome Summer Games as a favorite for gold medal in the gymnastic events. She successfully defended her Olympic title in the all-round competition and won a second gold medal in the team event. Latynina also won gold medal in the floor exercise event, which was her second Olympic gold in the event. In the balance beam and uneven bars events, she became the silver medalist. In the vault event, Latynina won bronze medal. In the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games , Latynina won gold medals in the team competition and the floor exercise events for the third time. She was the silver medalist in the all-round competition and the vault event. In the uneven bars and the balance beam competitions, Latynina won bronze medals.

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