5 Most Popular American Gymnasts

American women gymnastsOne of the most-viewed sports in the Olympics, women’s gymnastics have always stunned audiences because of the difficult but graceful performances by young gymnasts. Let’s revisit the past Olympic Games and look at the five women who shook the balance on earth because of their powerful acrobatic moves.


1. Mary Lou Retton

Competing at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Mary Lou Retton is the first female gymnast outside of Eastern Europe to win the competition’s all-around title. She won the gold medal after achieving a perfect score of 10 in the vault, the competition’s final event. She also competed in individual and team competitions and won two silver and two bronze medals.

With her wide and welcoming smile, she soared to stardom and became America’s sweetheart. She appeared in many commercial endorsements, making her a household name.

2. Clara Schroth Lomady

Known as the “Queen of the Beam”, Clara Schroth Lomady was the star performer of the US women’s gymnastics team at the 1948 Olympics in London. Between 1941 and 1952, she amassed a total of 39 national titles, including an 11 straight on the balance beam.  She retired at the age of 32.


3. Kerri Strug

Kerri Strug made her mark in US Olympic history when she performed the vault even with an ankle injury, and afterwards, carried to the podium by her coach. She joined in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta as part of the US women’s team, Magnificent Seven. It was a very tight competition between the US and Russian team and it was because of Strug that the US team won the gold.


4. Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas deserves to be in the list for one historical reason—she is the first American woman to win both individual and team all-around gold medal in the 2012 Olympics in London. To top that reason, she is also the first African-American to win the all-around title. It is always the first time that will be remembered that’s why Douglas is part of this list!


5. Shannon Miller

Another member of the Magnificent Seven, Shannon Miller was one of the most talented gymnasts in the early 90s for having won seven Olympic medals and nine World Championship medals. Together with Mary Lou Retton and Nastia Liukin, Miller is one of the only three American gymnasts who have won five medals in a single Olympics.


Do you want your child to be exposed to gymnastics too? Who knows if they could be the next Gabby Douglas or Mary Lou Retton? Enroll your child to gymnastics classes to earn the benefits of this sport. For the best gymnastics equipment, visit Nimble Sports.

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