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Olga Korbut

(Famous Gymnasts of the Past)

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Olga Korbut

Olga Korbut

(Photo at left) © Ken Levine / Getty Images; (Photo at right) © Allsport /Getty Images
Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut became world-famous for her amazing acrobatics at the 1972 Olympics. She pioneered a back flip off the high bar and was among the first to do a back tuck on beam. She won both beam and floor and took second on uneven bars.

Korbut married Leonid Bortkevich in 1978, and the couple had a son, Richard, in 1979. She immigrated to the United States in 1991, and became an American citizen in 2000. She now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. and is still involved with the sport, both through coaching and commentary.


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