Category Archives: Gymnastics

Summer Olympics: Gabby Douglas and All-Time Medal Winners of the Women’s Gymnastics Individual All-Around

Gabby Douglas Wins Women's Gymnastics Individual All-Around Gold, Third In A Row For The USA

Gabby Douglas Wins Women’s Gymnastics Individual All-Around Gold, Third In A Row For The USA

Poised and confident spitfire Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, “The Flying Squirrel,” won the women’s gymnastics individual all-around gold last night in London, making it a threepeat for the USA.

Americans Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson won in the 2008 and 2004 Games at Beijing and Athens, respectively.

Mary Lou Retton, perhaps the US’s most famous female gymnast, is the fourth, and last, American woman to win the all-around gold.

For most of the sport’s Olympic history, though, it has been the Romanians and Soviets who have dominated, at least in terms of overall medals.

Here are all the Olympics medalists in the event since 1952, the first year it became official, followed by a breakdown by country.

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OLYMPICS WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND MEDALISTS

YEAR GOLD SILVER BRONZE
2012 Gabby Douglas USA Viktoria Komova RUS Aliya Mustafina RUS
2008 Nastia Liukin USA Shawn Johnson USA Yang Yilin CHN
2004 Carly Patterson USA Svetlana Khorkina RUS Zhang Nan CHN
2000 Simona Amânar ROU Maria Olaru ROU Liu Xuan CHN
1996 Liliya Podkopaieva UKR Gina Gogean ROU Simona Amânar ROU
          Lavinia Milosovici ROU
1992 Tetiana Hutsu EUN Shannon Miller USA Lavinia Milosovici ROU
1988 Yelena Shushunova URS Daniela Silivas ROU Svetlana Boginskaya URS
1984 Mary Lou Retton USA Ecaterina Szabo ROU Simona Pauca ROU
1980 Yelena Davydova URS Maxi Gnauck GDR
      Nadia Comaneci ROU    
1976 Nadia Comaneci ROU Nelli Kim URS Lyudmila Turishcheva URS
1972 Lyudmila Turishcheva URS Karin Janz GDR Tamara Lazakovich URS
1968 Vera Cáslavská TCH Zinaida Voronina URS Nataliya Kuchinskaya URS
1964 Vera Cáslavská TCH Larysa Latynina URS Polina Astakhova URS
1960 Larysa Latynina URS Sofiya Muratova URS Polina Astakhova URS
1956 Larysa Latynina URS Ágnes Keleti HUN Sofiya Muratova URS
1952 Mariya Horokhovska URS Nina Bocharova URS Margit Korondi HUN

WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND GOLD MEDALS BY COUNTRY

1. URS Soviet Union 6
2. USA United States 4
3. ROU Romania 2
3. TCH Czechoslovakia 2
5. EUN Unified Team* 1
5. UKR Ukraine 1

WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND OVERALL MEDALS BY COUNTRY

1. URS Soviet Union 18
2. ROU Romania 11
3. USA United States 6
4. RUS Russia 3
4. CHN China 3
6. GDR East Germany 2
6. HUN Hungary 2
6. TCH Czechoslovakia 2
9. EUN Unified Team* 1
9. UKR Ukraine 1

* Following the political collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia and 11 other former Communist block countries formed the Unified Team of 1992.

Photo: thegrio.com

Summer Olympics: USA Wins Women’s Team Gymnastics Gold. Countries with the Most Team Gymnastics Medals (Women)

USA Women Win the 2012 Olympics Gymnastics Team All-Around Gold

USA Women Win the 2012 Olympics Gymnastics Team All-Around Gold

The USA’s Women’s Gymnastics Team walked away with the gold medal in the team all-around event yesterday, the second in the country’s history and its first since 1996.

With so many competitive and well-known women gymnasts over the years – Mary Lou Retton, Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug, Carly Patterson and reigning individual gold medalist Nastia Liukin – one would think the Americans (in the team event) had won more gold. Nope. Just twice.

Mary Lou Retton, perhaps the most famous American gymnast, scored big individually in 1984, but the team actually came in second.

It doesn’t just happen to Americans. Nadia Comaneci, perhaps the most famous gymnast ever, went off with three golds and a perfect 10 in 1976, but Romania took the silver in the team all-around.

Today’s list runs down those countries with the most women’s gymnastics team all-around medals in Olympics history, led by Comaneci’s Romania with 12. The Soviet Union has nine team medals – all gold – in second, followed by the USA with eight.

Note, though, that if you combine the Soviet Union’s nine, with the Unified Team* gold in 1992 and Russia’s four team medals, then the Soviet Union and its political offspring have 14 medals all together.

I’ve added a second list which ranks countries by the most gold medals, and finally a third list that provides the chronological order of all medal winners. Men’s gymnastics were a part of the Olympics since the first Games in 1896. Women’s gymnastics became an official event in 1928.

Thanks to sports-reference.com, my source. Check it out!

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MOST WOMEN’S TEAM GYMNASTICS MEDALS

COUNTRY MEDALS GOLD SILVER BRONZE
1. Romania 12 1984, 2000, 2004 1976, 1980, 1988, 1992 1956, 1960, 1996, 2008, 2012
2. Soviet Union 9 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1988
3. United States 8 1996, 2012 1984, 2004, 2008 1948, 1992, 2000
4. Czechoslovakia 6 1948 1936, 1960, 1964, 1968 1952
5. East Germany 5 1972 1968, 1976, 1980, 1988
5. Hungary 5 1948, 1952, 1956 1936, 1972
7. Russia 4 1996, 2000, 2012 2004
8. China 2 2008 1984
9. Unified Team* 1 1992
9. Great Britain 1 1928
9. Germany 1 1936
9. Italy 1 1928
9. Japan 1 1964
9. Netherlands 1 1928

MOST WOMEN’S TEAM GYMNASTICS GOLD MEDALS

1. Soviet Union 9
2. Romania 3
3. United States 2
4. China 1
4. Unified Team* 1
4. Czechoslovakia 1
4. Germany 1
4. Netherlands 1

OLYMPICS WOMEN’S TEAM GYMNASTICS MEDALS – CHRONOLOGICAL

YEAR GOLD SILVER BRONZE
2012 United States Russia Romania
2008  China United States Romania
2004  Romania United States Russia
2000  Romania Russia United States
1996  United States Russia Romania
1992  Unified Team* Romania United States
1988  Soviet Union Romania East Germany
1984  Romania United States China
1980  Soviet Union Romania East Germany
1976  Soviet Union Romania East Germany
1972  Soviet Union East Germany Hungary
1968  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia East Germany
1964  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Japan
1960  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Romania
1956  Soviet Union Hungary Romania
1952  Soviet Union Hungary Czechoslovakia
1948  Czechoslovakia Hungary United States
1936  Germany Czechoslovakia Hungary
1928  Netherlands Italy Great Britain

* Following the political collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia and 11 other former Communist block countries formed the Unified Team of 1992.

Photo: tmz.com

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