3 Groundbreaking Moments in Women's Gymnastics History

US Wins First Team Medal for Women’s Gymnastic

The 1948 London Olympics marked the return of the Olympics and the first time the U.S. women's gymnastics team won a medal. Hungary won silver, Czechoslovakia gold, and the U.S. bronze.

At the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, 27-year-old captain Clara Schroth Lomady achieved a record with six all-around titles. Simone Biles tied and broke her all-around title record in 2019 and 2021.

Olga Korbut Performs Her Famous Flip

Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut, 17, was a fan favorite at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Korbut earned three gold medals and thrilling viewers with her antics.

She did the first backward somersault on the beam and back flip to catch on uneven bars at the Olympics. The latter maneuver is now called the “Korbut Flip.”

Nadia Comăneci Earns the First Perfect 10

The first Olympic gymnast to score a perfect 10 was 14-year-old Nadia Comăneci in 1976. The Montreal Olympics scoreboard only displayed three digits, not the four needed to represent a “10.00.

Comăneci ended up winning three gold medals and scoring six additional perfect tens during the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Also, he won three gold medals.

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