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Larysa Latynina

Full name: Larysa Semenivna Latynina (Diriy-)
Original name: Лариса Семенівна Латиніна (Дірій-)
Other name(s): Larisa Semyonovna Latynina (Diry-), Лариса Семёновна Латынина (Дирий-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'3" (161 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: December 27, 1934 in Kherson, Kherson, Ukraine
Affiliations: Burevestnik Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Gymnastics

Medals: 9 Gold, 5 Silver, 4 Bronze (18 Total)

Biography

The Soviet gymnast, Larysa Latynina, holds the distinction of having won the most medals of any female athlete in Olympic history. Between 1956 and 1964 she won medals in 18 gymnastics events, as follows: Gold (9) – 1956 all-around, 1956 floor exercises, 1956 horse vault, 1956 team, 1960 all-around, 1960 floor exercises, 1960 team, 1964 floor exercises, and 1964 team; Silver (5) – 1956 uneven parallel bars, 1960 balance beam, 1960 uneven parallel bars, 1964 all-around, and 1964 horse vault; and Bronze (4) – 1956 team portable apparatus, 1960 horse vault, 1964 balance beam, and 1964 uneven parallel bars. She failed to medal only in the 1956 balance beam, in which she finished tied for fourth. She also won six titles at the 1958 and 1962 World Championships in individual events. At the 1957 European Championships, Latynina won all five individual events – all-around and the four apparatus finals. In all, at the Olympic, World, and European Championships, Latynina won 25 gold, 15 silver, and six bronze for a total of 46 medals. This phenomenal record was achieved despite the fact that her career was interrupted when she gave birth to two children. After her retirement from competition she became national gymnastics team coach.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Team Portable Apparatus Soviet Union URS 3T Bronze
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Soviet Union URS 1T Gold
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Soviet Union URS 4T
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Soviet Union URS 2T Silver
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 1 74.933 37.233 37.700
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 1 77.031 38.265 38.766
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 2 76.998 38.199 38.799

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1

Women's Team Portable Apparatus

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank PTS
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Soviet Union URS Final Standings 3T 74.00

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP QP FP
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 1T 18.733 9.266 9.466
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 1 19.583
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 1 19.583 9.783 9.800
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 1 QU 19.566 9.666 9.900
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 1 19.599
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 1 19.599 9.733 9.866
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 1 QU 19.466 9.666 9.800

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP QP FP
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 1 18.833 9.433 9.400
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 3 19.016
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 3 19.016 9.483 9.533
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 3 QU 18.966 9.533 9.433
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 2T 19.283
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 2T 19.283 9.583 9.700
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 5 QU 19.166 9.500 9.666

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP QP FP
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 2 18.833 9.233 9.600
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 2 19.416
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 2 19.416 9.716 9.700
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 2 QU 19.433 9.700 9.733
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 3 19.199
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 3 19.199 9.566 9.633
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 4 QU 19.133 9.533 9.600

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP QP FP
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 4T 18.533 9.300 9.233
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 2 19.233
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 2 19.233 9.533 9.700
1960 Summer 25 Roma Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 3 QU 19.066 9.366 9.700
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 3 19.382
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 3 19.382 9.616 9.766
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 3 QU 19.233 9.500 9.733