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Kurt Thomas

Full name: Kurt Bilteaux Thomas
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: March 29, 1956 in Hollywood, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Indiana State Sycamores, Terre Haute (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Gymnastics

Biography

Kurt Thomas attended Indiana State University, the second greatest athlete ever from that school, after [Larry Bird]. The United States did not compete at the 1980 Olympics and many athletes’ careers were shattered, but perhaps none more so than Kurt Thomas. Thomas had competed at the 1976 Olympics, and had won a bronze medal in all-around at the 1975 Pan American Games. In the years between 1976-80 he became the greatest American male gymnast to that date, winning a gold medal in floor exercise at the 1978 World Championships. In 1979 he won six medals at the Worlds, including golds on high bar and floor, and silvers in all-around, parallel bars, and pommeled horse. He also won the American Cup in 1978-79, was US all-around champion in 1977-78, and NCAA Champion in 1979 in all-around. Although the 1980 Olympics were in Moskva, and it would have been difficult to defeat the Soviet gymnasts on home soil, notably [Aleksandr Dityatin], Thomas was considered a medal favorite in all-around and had a shot at the gold.

After the 1980 Olympics, Thomas tried to continue competing but injuries eventually ended his career. He made a brief attempt at a comeback in 1992 but was unable to overcome his age and the health issues. He went into various ventures, including sports broadcasting of gymnastics events, performed in professional gymnastics shows, and starred in the 1985 movie “Gymkata.” Thomas and his wife later started the Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Training Center in Frisco, Texas.

Thomas won the 1979 Nissen Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate gymnast, and the 1979 Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s premier amateur athlete. He is a member of the US Gymnastics Hall of Fame (1990), the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame (1999), and in 2003 was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. In gymnastics he is perhaps best remember for the Thomas Flair, a pommeled horse move that he developed and perfected.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around United States USA 21
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around United States USA 7
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise United States USA 22T QR
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault United States USA 86T QR
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars United States USA 21T QR
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar United States USA 25T QR
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics Men's Rings United States USA 51T QR
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse United States USA 16 QR

Men's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP CEP OEP
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Standings 21 111.175
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final 21 111.175 55.525 55.65
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Floor Exercise 18T 9.20
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Horse Vault 32T 9.10
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Parallel Bars 26T 9.05
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Horizontal Bar 7T 9.60
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Rings 18T 9.40
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Pommelled Horse 27T 9.30
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Qualifying 30 QU 111.05 55.30 55.75
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Qualifying Floor Exercise 22T 18.65 9.10 9.55
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Qualifying Horse Vault 86T 17.65 9.20 8.45
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Qualifying Parallel Bars 21T 18.70 9.40 9.30
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Qualifying Horizontal Bar 25T 18.80 9.30 9.50
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Qualifying Rings 51T 18.30 9.05 9.25
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Qualifying Pommelled Horse 16 18.95 9.25 9.70

Men's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 7

Men's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Standings 22T QR

Men's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Standings 86T QR

Men's Parallel Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Standings 21T QR

Men's Horizontal Bar

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Standings 25T QR

Men's Rings

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Standings 51T QR

Men's Pommelled Horse

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Gymnastics United States Final Standings 16 QR
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