CHUKARIN Viktor (1921) Russia / Gymnastics
Eleven Olympic medals including seven gold rewarded the career of the best gymnast of the 1950s. Chukarin won the general competition in 1952 in Helsinki and in 1956 in Melbourne. He also won in the team competition at the parallel bars, the pommel horse and the vaulting horse.Chukarin's performance is even more impressive than his list of victories suggests.As a conscript in the Red Army, he was taken prisoner and deported, and only freed at the end of the Second World War. When he left the Nazi concentrations camps Chukarin weighed only 40 kg, a mere shadow of the champion he had been and was to become again in 1952, when at the age of thirty-one he won his first four gold medals.