KORBUT Olga (1955) Russia / Gymnastics
Olga Korbut was the very first child gymnast to attract attention at the Olympic games. She won two gold medals on the beam and on the floor in Munich, but failed in the all-round competition. At the same time, she and the rest of the Soviet squad picked up two more team titles in Munich in 1972 and in Montreal four years later. She was twice a silver medallist at Montreal, on the beam and asymmetric bars.Olga Korbut broke away from the classicism of the Russian school. The public loved her charm and suppleness. Juries were more severe and found her performances too spectacular. They refused to award her all the victories at the major international meetings.