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Olga Korbut - Famous Gymnast


Full Name: Olga Valentinovna Korbut

Date of Birth: 16 th May, 1955

Country: Russia

Sport involved in: Gymnastics

Achievements made:

  • Gold medalist in the team competition, balance beam and floor exercise events at the 1972 Munich Summer Games
  • Winner of silver medal in the uneven bars event in the 1972 Munich Summer Games
  • Winner of 1973 Russian and World Student Games
  • Silver medalist in the all-round event at the 1973 European Championships
  • Gold medal winner in the team competition in the 1976 Montreal Summer Games
  • Silver medalist in the balance beam event in the 1976 Montreal Summer Games
  • Career: Olga Korbut started her gymnastic training at an early age of 8. Korbut got admitted in a sports school when she was 11 years old. Korbut's first competition was the 1969 USSR Championships. She finished the competition in the fifth place. In the 1970 USSR Championships, Korbut won the first gold medal of her career in the vault event. Korbut could not compete in all tournaments before the 1972 Munich Summer Games because of illness. In the 1972 Summer Games, she won three gold medals and one silver medal. In 1973, Korbut won the Russian and World Student Games and became silver medalist in the all-round event at the European Championships. Korbut participated in the 1976 Montreal Summer Games as a challenge for Romanian Nadia Comaneci. In the competition, Korbut's performance was below expectation. However, she managed to win her fourth Olympic title in the team event. She also won silver medal in the balance beam event. In 1977, Korbut retired from Olympic competition.

    Performance at the Olympics: Olga Korbut participated in the first Olympics of her career at the age of 17. She became the most popular athlete during the 1972 Munich Summer Games . Korbut won gold medals in the balance beam and the floor exercise events. She also won silver medal in the uneven bars event. She was the first person ever to include a backward somersault in her balance beam routine. She was also the first to perform the standing backward somersault on bars, and a back somersault to swing down in the beam event. This combination of movements on beam was named after her—it was named the “Korbut Flip”. In the 1976 Montreal Summer Games , Korbut entered as the top contender against Nadia Comaneci in the gymnastic competition. This time, Korbut could not perform at her best. However, she won one gold medal in the team competition and one silver medal in the balance beam event.

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