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Olga Korbut Biography
Olga Korbut, also known as the Sparrow from Minsk, was born May 16, 1955 in Hrodna, and is a Belarusian, Soviet-born gymnast who won four gold medals and two silver medals at the Summer Olympics, in which she competed in 1972 and 1976 for the USSR team.
At the 1972 Olympics, her acrobatics and open display of emotion-notably, she wiped tears from her face after a disastrous uneven bars routine-in contrast to the stereotypically cold eastern bloc athlete, captivated the Munich audiences. There she became the first person ever to do a backward somersault on the balance beam in competition. She was also the first to do standing backward somersault on bars, and a back somersault to swingdown (Korbut Flip) on beam. Her bars move is no longer seen in high level gymnastics, but the tuck back and Korbut Flip are still very popular (2003 world beam champion Fan Ye performed both in her routine). This excellence in technical skills overthrew the sport's traditional emphasis on artistry.
Korbut won three gold medals for the balance beam, floor exercise and team. She also earned a silver medal in the uneven bars. Korbut's first attempt at her uneven bars routine was marred with several mistakes which all but ended her chances of winning a gold medal. The next day Korbut repeated the same routine, although this time successfully. After the boards displayed a score of 9.8, the audience began to whistle, jeer, and stamp their feet in disapproval, believing her score to be too low. However, the judges refused to change her score.
Korbut is most famous for her uneven bars and balance beam routines. Her Olympic achievement earned her ABC's Wide World of Sports title: Athlete of the Year. In 1973, she won the Russian and World Student (i.e., University) Games, and a silver medal in the all-around at the European Championships.
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