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28 Apr 2004
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"The most decorated" at the Olympic Museum

Larisa Latynina is undeniably the most decorated of Olympic athletes. She won 18 medals in the course of her career. On Tuesday 27 April, this former Soviet gymnast visited the Olympic Museum for the first time.

Achievements in Melbourne, Rome and Tokyo
On interactive terminals in the Summer Games area, she found videos of her exploits at the Games in Melbourne in 1956, Rome in 1960 and Tokyo in 1964. "I have never had the chance to see these images," she declared, clearly moved.

Nine gold medals
She is one of four athletes to have obtained nine gold medals, the only person to win 14 medals in individual events, and one of three women to win the same event three times at the Summer Olympic Games. What more can be said?

After her career: coach for the Soviet team
From 1967 to 1977, Larisa Latynina coached the Soviet team. Still very active today, this charming 70-year-old lady is a special member of the Coordination Commission for Sport in Russia and Chairwoman of the Forum - World Sport against Terrorism.

Olympic Order
In 1989, the International Olympic Committee awarded her the Olympic Order. During her Olympic Museum visit, she was accompanied by Juan Antonio Samaranch; Shamil Tarpischev, IOC member; Dr Roman Murashkovsky, Director General of the Forum - World Sport against Terrorism; Renée Lekach, rector of the University of Moscow; and Alberto Quintana, a long-time acquaintance of the IOC Honorary President for Life.

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