Gymnastics Olympics Champions From 1988-2004
Here are menís and womenís all-around champions from last five Olympic Games -- these are just brief biographies, but they surely give you an idea of your gymnastís potential.
2004 Paul Hamm, Carly Patterson
Paul Hamm, 2004 menís all-around champion in gymnastics, was born on September 24, 1982, and has a twin brother by name of Morgan. Paul was first American man to take gold for all-around competition in a fully attended Olympic Game. He is noteworthy for some controversy surrounding his title.
Carly Patterson was born on February fourth, 1988, in Baton Rouge,Louisiana, to a pair of loving parents - her mother, Natalie, and her father, Ricky. She is first of a pair of girls (her younger sister is Jordan). In 2004, she became first all-around Olympic champion for United States in more than two decades, and was also first to win for US in past two games. The last female all-around gymnastics champion for United States won in 1984, when Soviet Union had boycotted Olympics entirely.
2000 Andreea Raducan, Alexei Nemov
Andreea Madalina Raducan was born on thirtieth of September, 1983, in Birlad, Romania. She was trained under Octavien Belu and Mariana Bitang of Cetate Deva Club in Romania and began gymnastics at age of five. She has several gold and silver medals under her belt from national and international competitions. Though she is listed as official Olympic all-around female champion, IOC stripped her of her medal when she tested positive for pseudophedrine (the active ingredient in many decongestants) after having taken a cold pill given to her by Romanian Olympic Team doctor. Regardless of whether or not she has medal, she is a champion - and an incredible one at that.
Alexei Nemov is considered to be one of best male gymnasts in world, as well as being a pin-up for girls. He was born on May 28th, 1976, in Barashevo, Russia. His start on gymnastics started early. At age of five, his mother took him to local gym, thinking that gymnastics would be an acceptable alternative to a more violent sport. He has had his ups and downs in gymnastics -- namely, with many injuries to his arms and shoulders -- but left Atlanta and Sydney Olympics with six medals each. In 2000, he was crowned menís all-around gymnastics champion and bore his gold medal proudly.
1996 Li Xiaoshuang, Lilia Podkopayeva
Li Xiaoshuang, menís all-around gymnastics champion in 1996 Olympics, was born on November 1, 1973, in Xintao, Hubei Province, China. His career has been marked with many successes. At age of seven, he took up gymnastics; two years later, he was part of his provincial team, and at twelve years of age, he was part of Chinese national gymnastics team. He has won many gold medals in his time, including two from separate Olympic games - 1992 and 1996 - and three from World Gymnastics Championships. In 1995, he was awarded well-deserved title of International Master of Sports and continues, to this date, to impress.
Lilia Podkopayeva was born on August 15, 1978 in Donestk, Ukraine. Her coach, Galina Lossinskaya, brought her through more than ten competitions all together, in which she fared well. In 1996 Atlanta Georgia Olympic Games, she placed first in all-around womenís competition and since then has toured United States in John Hancock Tour of World Gymnastics Champions.