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KATO Sawao (1946) Japan / Gymnastics
With a total of 8 Olympic gold medals, Kato is the grand old man of world gymnastics. He is one of the few champions to win the all-round competition twice.He was the star of the 1968 and 1972 games, and narrowly missed a third gold at Montreal. Besides these two titles, he won three gold medals on the parallel bars and the floor. He was also crowned three times with the Japanese team from 1968 to 1976. A highly creative gymnast who trained with a trampoline, Kato completed aerial figures that his opponents found impossible to even imagine.After becoming a university professor, Kato rose to the rank of vice-president of the International Gymnastics Federation.
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