1/25 Greatest Olympic Gymnasts (in no particular order) → Olga Korbut

Olga Korbut, who represented the Soviet Union in the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic Games, won a total of four gold (Munich ‘72: Gold- Team, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise; Montreal ‘76: Team) and two silver Olympic medals (Munich ‘72: Uneven Bars; Montreal ‘76: Balance Beam). She was just 17 at her first Olympic games, a rather young age for the sport at the time. She is the first woman to complete a backflip-to-catch, the first backward release ever done on the uneven bars, called the Korbut Flip. She was also the first to perform the difficult skill on the balance beam (backward somersault).

Along with her Olympic victories, she medaled in all of the events of the 1974 World Championships which took place in Varna, Bulgaria. She earned two golds in Team competition and Vault, and four silvers on Balance Beam, Uneven Bars, Floor Exercise, and the All-Around Competition. 

Not only is she recognized as one of the sports greatest Olympians, she was also the first gymnast inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Overall, she drew attention to the sport of gymnastics worldwide, inspiring young girls to join local clubs and changing the world’s view on gymnastics, and the sport itself, significantly.

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