The Most Famous Female Gymnast of All Time: Celebrating Legends of the Sport

Choose the female gymnast you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 08:09
Welcome to StrawPoll, the home of electrifying opinions and nail-biting rankings! Today, we're flipping, twisting, and leaping into the world of gymnastics to uncover the most famous female gymnast of all time. With thousands of breathtaking performances and gravity-defying moves, these extraordinary athletes have left us speechless and inspired. But who will take the gold in this ultimate test of fame? Will it be the iconic Nadia Comăneci with her perfect 10, the trailblazing Simone Biles with her unmatched list of achievements, or perhaps someone else who has captured the hearts of millions? The power is in your hands! Cast your vote now, and if you think we've missed a deserving contender, don't hesitate to suggest a new option. Let the thrilling ranking commence!

Who Is the Most Famous Female Gymnast of All Time?

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    Widely considered the greatest gymnast of all time, Biles has won 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, including 19 golds. She is known for her incredible athleticism, skills, and innovation in the sport.
    Simone Biles in other rankings
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    The first gymnast to score a perfect 10 in Olympic history, Comăneci won three gold medals at the 1976 Olympics and five Olympic medals in total. She revolutionized the sport with her grace, poise, and daring routines.
    Nadia Comăneci in other rankings
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    Olga Korbut
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    Known as the "Sparrow from Minsk," Korbut won four Olympic gold medals and two silvers in the 1970s. She was known for her innovative and daring moves, including the "Korbut Flip," which became a signature move in gymnastics.
    Olga Korbut in other rankings
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    Mary Lou Retton

    Retton became the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal at the Olympics in 1984. She won five medals in total at the Los Angeles Games, including two golds. Retton was known for her powerful and precise movements.
    Mary Lou Retton is a gymnastics move named after the American Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton. It is a combination of a forward flip and a 360-degree twist, performed on the balance beam. The move requires a high level of strength, flexibility, and precision.
    • Difficulty Level: Very difficult
    • Execution: Perform a forward flip with a 360-degree twist on the balance beam
    • Apparatus: Balance beam
    • Required Skills: Strength, flexibility, precision
    • Height: Performed at the regulation height of the balance beam
    Mary Lou Retton in other rankings
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    Johnson won four Olympic medals, including one gold, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She was known for her technical precision and artistic flair on the balance beam and floor exercise.
    Shawn Johnson in other rankings
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    Douglas won two gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, including the all-around title. She became the first African-American woman to win the all-around gold medal. Douglas was known for her grace and athleticism on the uneven bars.
    Gabby Douglas in other rankings
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    Khorkina won seven Olympic medals, including two golds, and 20 World Championship medals. She was known for her elegance and grace on the uneven bars, and for her daring and innovative routines.
    Svetlana Khorkina in other rankings
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    Miller won seven Olympic medals, including two golds, at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. She was known for her technical precision and consistency, and for her ability to perform under pressure.
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    Caslavska won seven Olympic gold medals in the 1960s and 1970s. She was known for her grace, elegance, and technical excellence, and for her pioneering work in gymnastics as a judge and administrator.
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    Liukin won five Olympic medals, including one gold, at the 2008 Olympics. She was known for her flexibility, artistry, and technical precision on the uneven bars, which she won a silver medal for at the Beijing Games.
    Nastia Liukin in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous female gymnast

  1. Olympic Medals
    The number of Olympic medals won, including the gold, silver and bronze medals.
  2. Impact on the Sport
    The athlete's impact and influence on the sport of gymnastics, including any contributions to training techniques or overall popularity of the sport.
  3. Overall Career Success
    The athlete's overall success and achievements throughout their career, both in terms of medals won and impact on the sport.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous female gymnast of all time. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Gymnast is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Gymnast once every 24 hours. The rank of each Gymnast is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous female gymnast of all time

Background Information: Female Gymnastics and Its History Female gymnastics has been a part of the Olympic Games since 1928, and it has become one of the most popular sports worldwide. Its athletes are known for their grace, flexibility, and strength, and many have become legends in the sport. The first female gymnastics champion was Czechoslovakian Věra Čáslavská, who won the gold medal in the all-around event at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Since then, many other female gymnasts have made history, including Nadia Comăneci, who earned the first perfect score in Olympic history at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and Simone Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and broke numerous records. Female gymnastics has also faced its share of controversies, including allegations of abusive coaching practices and the sexual abuse of young athletes. However, the sport continues to inspire millions of fans around the world, and its athletes continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in gymnastics.

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