At a glance

29 Jul 1957 Shurab, Tajikistan
152 cm / 47 kg 5'0'' / 103 pounds
Female

Nelli Kim was born of a Korean father and a Russian Tatar mother. Blessed with striking good looks, she was the darling of the media who also recognized her exceptional talent as a gymnast. She débuted at the World Championships in 1974 as a 17-year-old, finishing third on the balance beam. At the 1976 Montreal Olympcs, Kim won three gold medals, but is best remembered for scoring a perfect 10.0 in the vault and floor exercise. At the 1980 Olympics, she helped the Soviet Union retain the team championship, and shared first place in the floor exercises. Kim was also...

Nelli in numbers

2
Olympics
Olympics
6
medals
Gold medal:5 Silver medal:1 Bronze medal:
  • Moscow
    Moscow 1980
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Moscow
    Moscow 1980
    • 5
      Gymnastics
      Individual All-Around
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Team All-Around
    • =1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Floor Exercise
    • =12 QR
      Gymnastics
      Horse Vault
    • 6
      Gymnastics
      Uneven Bars
    • =4 QR
      Gymnastics
      Balance Beam
  • Montreal
    Montreal 1976
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Montreal
    Montreal 1976
    • 2 Silver medal
      Gymnastics
      Individual All-Around
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Team All-Around
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Floor Exercise
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Horse Vault
    • 6
      Gymnastics
      Uneven Bars
    • 7 QR
      Gymnastics
      Balance Beam