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KORBUT Olga
KORBUT Olga

Olga KORBUT

  • G 4
  • S 2
  • B 0

Star performer

Olga Korbut became the star of the 1972 Munich Games with a series of dramatic performances. She captured the public imagination with her charismatic and daring performances in the team competition at the 1972 Munich Games, aged just 17 year old. After her spectacular routine on the uneven parallel bars, Korbut later recalled, "It was amazing. One day, I was a nobody, and the next day, I was a star."

Errors prove costly

Unfortunately in the individual final two days later, disaster struck. Korbut made three errors on the uneven bars, the judges gave her a score of 7.5 and she wept with disappointment as she dropped to seventh place. Yet she recovered to claim gold in the floor exercise and beam to add to her victory in the team competition.

The Korbut Flip

The 17-year-old became the first gymnast to perform a back flip to catch on the uneven bars. In her honour the move has since become known as the Korbut Flip. Confirming her daring nature, she was also the first to do a backward somersault on the beam.

Further success

At the 1976 Montreal Games, Korbut was overshadowed by Romanian Nadia Comâneci’s astonishing “perfect 10” score. Nonetheless, Korbut still won the gold medal in the team event and a silver on the beam.

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Gallery

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Silver And Gold

26th July 1976: Romanian athlete Nadia Comaneci celebrating her gold medal for the beam at the Montreal Olympics, while the silver medal winner and Russian athlete Olga Korbut looks on. (Photo by Reg Lancaster/Express/Getty Images)
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Montreal 1976-KORBUT Olga (URS) 1st
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Montreal 1976-KORBUT Olga (URS) 1e
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1976 KORBUTCOMANECI

1976: MONTREAL OLYMPICS. OLGA KORBUT CONCEDES DEFEAT TO THE BRILLIANT 14 YR OLD GYMNAST FROM ROMANIA, NADIA COMANECI (RIGHT). Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive
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November 1972-Olga KORBUT (URS) before her admission at the Tskattubo Hospital in the Caucasus.
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Olga Korbut

2nd September 1972: 17-year-old Russian gymnast Olga Korbut in action on the asymmetric bars at the Munich Olympics. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • S 19.725
    Gymnastics Artistic
    balance beam women
    G 390.35
    Gymnastics Artistic
    team competition women
  • G 380.50
    Gymnastics Artistic
    team competition women
    G 19.575
    Gymnastics Artistic
    floor exercises women
    S 19.450
    Gymnastics Artistic
    uneven bars women
    G 19.400
    Gymnastics Artistic
    balance beam women

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