At a glance

16 May 1955 Hrodna, Belarus
The Sparrow from Minsk
152 cm / 39 kg 5'0'' / 85 pounds
Female

Olga Korbut burst onto the world’s gymnastics scene at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, amazing experts with her flexibility and daring moves. A fall on the uneven parallel bars dropped her to seventh overall in the all-around individual. However, she won three gold medals; two individual in the apparatus finals (balance beam and floor exercises), and one with the Soviet all-around team. Korbut never defeated her teammate, Lyudmila Turishcheva, but she was the darling of the fans and the media for her courage to try new moves, and her willing smile. She later won the 1973 Universiade all-around title, and...

Olga in numbers

2
Olympics
Olympics
6
medals
Gold medal:4 Silver medal:2 Bronze medal:
  • Montreal
    Montreal 1976
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Montreal
    Montreal 1976
    • 5
      Gymnastics
      Individual All-Around
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Team All-Around
    • =17 QR
      Gymnastics
      Floor Exercise
    • 7 QR
      Gymnastics
      Horse Vault
    • 5
      Gymnastics
      Uneven Bars
    • 2 Silver medal
      Gymnastics
      Balance Beam
  • Munich
    Munich 1972
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Munich
    Munich 1972
    • 7
      Gymnastics
      Individual All-Around
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Team All-Around
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Floor Exercise
    • 5
      Gymnastics
      Horse Vault
    • =2 Silver medal
      Gymnastics
      Uneven Bars
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Balance Beam