5 Most Shocking Moments in Olympic Gymnastics History

Kerri Strug 

Something's wrong if you don't think of Kerri Strug when you think of Olympic gymnasts. Strug is most known for vaulting at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with a damaged ankle as a Magnificent Seven member.

Strug badly damaged her ankle between her two vault attempts as the last woman on the team and under stress from the impending loss to the Russian, Romanian, and Ukrainian teams. Strug had to land a second foot vault to win gold.

Olga Korbut 

The woman who invented the “Korbut flip” debuted at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Young Soviet earned three gold medals and performed a backward flip on the balancing beam for the first time in international competition.

Gabby Douglas 

Gabby Douglas became the first African-American and American to win the individual and team all-around gold medals at the 2012 Olympics.

Nadia Comăneci 

At the 1976 Olympics, 14-year-old Nadia Comăneci scored a flawless 10.00 on uneven bars. The Olympic scoreboard manufacturer was warned that “a perfect 10.0 was not possible.

Mary Lou Retton 

Mary Lou Retton, 16, became the first American gymnast to win a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. Retton's vault performance earned her perfect 10s despite her limited international competition experience.

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