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Gymnasts: 1989 and Earlier

Bios of gymnasts from the 1980s and earlier.

Svetlana Boguinskaya
This three-time Olympian won the world all-around title in 1989 and swept the golds at the European Championships in 1990.

Nadia Comaneci
The most recognized name in gymnastics, Comaneci won five Olympic gold medals and was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10.0 in Olympic competition.

Tim Daggett
Daggett won a gold medal with the 1984 Olympic team, and is a commentator for NBC.

Li Ning
Li is one of the most successful Chinese gymnasts of all time, and now has one of the most successful clothing apparel companies in the world.

Samantha Peszek
Samantha Peszek was a member of the 2008 Olympic team and 2007 world team. Find out more about her life in and out of gym.

Mary Lou Retton
The 1984 Olympic all-around champion is perhaps the most famous American gymnast of all time.

Alicia Sacramone
Alicia Sacramone is a world champion on vault and 2008 Olympic medalist. Find out all about her gymnastics accomplishments, cool skills, and her life outside the gym.

Cathy Rigby
Cathy Rigby was the first American woman to win a world medal. She later became a renowned actress, as well.

Ludmilla Tourischeva
Tourischeva, from the former Soviet Union, won an incredible nine Olympic medals and 11 world medals during the 1970s.

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