Gymnastics is a sport which includes athletic tasks requiring training in coordination, agility, strength and balance. Popularized in ancient Greece, gymnastics began as a form of training and slowly became an exhibition of strength and agility in both groups and individuals. There are multiple events which are meant to exhibit gymnastic ability, including routines such as a vault, uneven bars, balancing beams, or floor events which resemble a dance. Having never been absent from the Summer Olympic Games, gymnasts and their routines continue to be one of the most anticipated and watched events.

When are the gymnastics Olympics?


Gymnastics within the Olympics are held during the Summer Olympics in an indoor facility and are held every four years. The Winter and Summer Olympics are two years apart and the next Summer Olympics are in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

When was gymnastics invented?

Gymnastics started to see a major interest as a sport in the 19th century but dates back all the way to the Greeks in the fifth century BC which was used for hand-to-hand combat by soldiers to increase muscle development.

What are the gymnastics events?

Men are competing in six different floor and equipment events: floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, hammer, parallel bars, and horizontal bar, and women are competing in four different free-standing and equipment events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise.

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5’6” | 1.68 m
March 28, 1958
Bart Conner
168.000
1958.00
18000
3D
Bart Conner
4’11” | 1.50 m
September 9, 1978
Gina Gogean
150.000
1978.00
700
3D
Gina Gogean
5’5” | 1.65 m
August 19, 1991
Jacob Dalton
165.000
1991.00
1200
3D
Jacob Dalton
5’4” | 1.63 m
January 3, 1989
Kōhei Uchimura
163.000
1989.00
5100
3D
Kōhei Uchimura
5’5” | 1.65 m
September 8, 1987
Marcel Nguyen
165.000
1987.00
6200
3D
Marcel Nguyen
5’9” | 1.75 m
March 10, 1961
Mitch Gaylord
175.000
1961.00
3700
3D
Mitch Gaylord
5’4” | 1.63 m
November 12, 1961
Nadia Comăneci
163.000
1961.00
243000
3D
Nadia Comăneci
5’3” | 1.60 m
October 30, 1989
Nastia Liukin
160.000
1989.00
54000
3D
Nastia Liukin
4’11” | 1.50 m
May 16, 1955
Olga Korbut
150.000
1955.00
32000
3D
Olga Korbut
5’8” | 1.73 m
July 23, 1987
Philipp Boy
173.000
1987.00
5400
3D
Philipp Boy
4’8” | 1.42 m
March 14, 1997
Simone Biles
142.000
1997.00
526000
3D
Simone Biles
5’5” | 1.65 m
January 19, 1979
Svetlana Khorkina
165.000
1979.00
12000
3D
Svetlana Khorkina
Kōhei Uchimura
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Several gymnasts today hold distinguished records in the sport, but the Japanese gymnast Kōhei Uchimura has more than just records. Kōhei won Olympic medals seven times, including three gold and four silver in the all-around, team, and floor exercise plus twenty-one World medals in all-round, floor exercise, team, parallel bars, and horizontal bar. Besides, he is also renowned as the first gymnast of either sex to win all-round titles during a single Olympic cycle (from 2009 to 2016). In the field, he is celebrated for his extraordinary elegance, consistency, and execution of difficult routines. From 2008 to 2016, Uchimura won a medal either in the Olympic Games or the World Championship.

Kōhei Uchimura has a height of 5’4” (1.63 m).

Drawings of Kōhei Uchimura in a range of gymnastic positions labeled with overall height
Several gymnasts today hold distinguished records in the sport, but the Japanese gymnast Kōhei Uchimura has more than just records. Kōhei won Olympic medals seven times, including three gold and four silver in the all-around, team, and floor exercise plus twenty-one World medals.

Kōhei Uchimura has a height of 5’4” (1.63 m).

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Kōhei Uchimura
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Nationality: Japan

Years Active: 2007—

Birthday
January 3, 1989

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Olga Korbut
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Olga Korbut might have retired early in the gymnastic sport, but the ex-Soviet Union athlete left a legacy by redefining gymnastics, bringing in acrobatics, and changing the perception of the sport to be among the most popular sports in the world. She was nicknamed "Sparrow from Minsk" and won four gold medals and two silver medals. She competed on balance beams, floor exercise, and uneven bars, but was renowned in uneven bars, vault, and balance beam routines. She was awarded the ABC Athlete of the Year title and became the first gymnast to be admitted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Besides winning Olympic medals, she has also won a silver medal during the 1973 all-around European Championship and the Russian and World Student Games.

Olga Korbut has a height of 4’11” (1.50 m).

Drawings of Olga Korbut in a range of gymnastic positions labeled with overall height
Olga Korbut might have retired early in the gymnastic sport, but the ex-Soviet Union athlete left a legacy by redefining gymnastics, bringing in acrobatics, and changing the perception of the sport to be among the most popular sports in the world. She was nicknamed "Sparrow from Minsk".

Olga Korbut has a height of 4’11” (1.50 m).

Drawings of Olga Korbut in a range of gymnastic positions labeled with overall height
Olga Korbut
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Nationality: Soviet Union

Years Active: 1972-1977

Birthday
May 16, 1955

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Olga Korbut standing, gymnastics (various)

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Svetlana Khorkina
Height comparison diagram of Svetlana Khorkina compared to other gymnasts

Many people assume being tall in gymnastic sport is a disadvantage, but for the retired Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina, her tallness was helpful. She was nicknamed "diva" on the track and celebrated for her opinionated personality. Svetlana has competed in three summer Olympics and holds twenty World Championship medals and seven Olympic medals. She has also received an award at every World Artistic Gymnastic Championship. Svetlana became the first female gymnast to take home three all-around titles in 1997, 2001, and 2004 World Championships. She also received the Order of Honor in Russia for her achievements as the most successful female gymnast.

Svetlana Khorkina has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of illustrations of Svetlana Khorkina in various gymnastic poses dimensioned with overall height
Many people assume being tall in gymnastic sport is a disadvantage, but for the retired Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina, her tallness was helpful. She was nicknamed "diva" on the track and celebrated for her opinionated personality. Svetlana has competed in three summer Olympics.

Svetlana Khorkina has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of illustrations of Svetlana Khorkina in various gymnastic poses dimensioned with overall height
Svetlana Khorkina
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Nationality: Russia

Years Active: 1994-2004

Birthday
January 19, 1979

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Nadia Comăneci
Height comparison diagram of Nadia Comăneci compared to other gymnasts

Romanian retired gymnast Nadia Comăneci is regarded as a legend in the sport for popularized gymnastic sports worldwide. Besides, she is the first to do an aerial walkover and cartwheel-back handspring flight series on the balance beam and double-twist dismount and to receive a score of 10.0 in an Olympic event. Nadia is a four-time World Artistic Gymnastic Champion and a nine-time Olympic medalist with five gold medals. In the field, she displayed a relaxed demeanor, technique, and innovative skills. These successes have made her win several awards like The Olympic Order, Flo Hyman award, and be admitted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame and the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Nadia Comăneci has a height of 5’4” (1.63 m).

Set of illustrations of Nadia Comăneci in various gymnastic poses dimensioned with overall height
Romanian retired gymnast Nadia Comăneci is regarded as a legend in the sport for popularized gymnastic sports worldwide. Besides, she is the first to do an aerial walkover and cartwheel-back handspring flight series on the balance beam and double-twist dismount and to receive a score of 10.0.

Nadia Comăneci has a height of 5’4” (1.63 m).

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Nadia Comăneci
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Nationality: Romania

Years Active: 1970-1984

Birthday
November 12, 1961

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Mitch Gaylord
Height comparison diagram of Mitch Gaylord compared to other gymnasts

While some gymnasts are famous for winning several gold medals, American gymnast and actor Mitch Gaylord is renowned for having two of his moves: the Gaylord II and Gaylord flip added into the Olympic games. Besides, he won the all-around USA Gymnastics National Championship and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Gymnastics Championship in his rookie years. These successes have granted him admission into four Halls of Fame, such as the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. He is also recognized for leading the U.S. men's gymnastic team to win gold in the 1984 Olympics and his silver medals from the vault, bronze from parallel bars, bronze from the rings, and five gold medals from the Maccabiah games.

Mitch Gaylord has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Set of illustrations of Mitch Gaylord in various gymnastic poses dimensioned with overall height
While some gymnasts are famous for winning several gold medals, American gymnast and actor Mitch Gaylord is renowned for having two of his moves: the Gaylord II and Gaylord flip added into the Olympic games. Besides, he won the all-around USA Gymnastics National Championship.

Mitch Gaylord has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Set of illustrations of Mitch Gaylord in various gymnastic poses dimensioned with overall height
Mitch Gaylord
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1980-1984

Birthday
March 10, 1961

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