(Soviet Gymnast from 1956 - 1964)
Larisa holds the record for most Olympic gold medals for any female in the history of the Olympic Games, only recently surpassed for all round competitor by Michael Phelps as a male competitor.
Larisa has a whopping 18 Olympic medals to her name! She held this record for 48 years. After retiring from gymnastics in 1966, she went on to coach the Soviet National Gymnastics Team for 11 years. Under her coaching, the Soviet team won gold in 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics. She also played a large roll in organizing the gymnastics competition in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.
(Japanese P- Bars Gymnast from 1976 Olympics)
Sawao Kato was a valued team member of the Japanese Gymnastics team in the late 70's. Throughout these Olympics games, Kato won 12 medals, 8 of which where gold! He specialized in the Parallel Bars. He went on to win the Individual Men's Gymnastics Event. In Japan, Kato is highly respected as the top gymnast with the most wins held for Japan.
Currently, Kato is a professor at the University of Tsukuba.
(Romanian Gymnast 1976-1984)
Nadia is the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10.00. She is was one of the youngest and one of the original gymnasts in the history of modern gymnastics. Nadia is a three time gold medalist with a total of 9 medals to her name! After her very successful gymnastics career Nadia went on to coach, and commentate in gymnastics competitions.
(USA Gymnast 1976-1984)
Nasia is a former Russian American gymnast. She was the 2008 Olympic all-around champion, with 5 Olympic medals. Liukin was a key team member of the U.S. senior team. She represented the United stated at three World Championships & one Olympic games. Liukin comes from a family of champions, with her father being an Olympic athlete, along with her brother. She retired from gymnastics in 2012. She went on to join NBC Sports as a gymnastics analyst. Nastia also went on to launch her own app called 'Grander' that is aimed at connecting aspiring gymnasts with inspiration, and empowerment.
My journey with FCGC begins in 2007. After enduring cricket, football and tennis, my parents were desperate to find a sport that I truly enjoyed. To their delight, they saw an advert in the local newspaper for an open day at a local gymnastics club, and to my surprise, I loved it. I had an amazing time and had (finally) found the sport for me.
I started as a gymnast and worked my way through the Gymstar program before moving into the MAG program and then into the Freestyle program for a short time. And as I started in high school, I began coaching.
I started coaching once a week after school and it grew from there year by year. I found that not only was coaching a part-time job to work while in school, but it taught me very important lessons about maturity, and working with people from all different walks of life.
All that time I’d always loved gymnastics as a sport and it’d been such a huge part of my life, but it wasn’t until I decided to attend a judging course that my passion grew further. I found that to sit, watch and dissect a routine was such a pleasure for me because I got to analyse the minute details of a skill and produce my own appraisal of it. It gave me confidence in my own gymnastics knowledge and helped me to no end in my coaching, allowing me to focus on my own gymnast’s technique so they can reach their full potential.
Most excitingly, this year I’ve been given the opportunity to share my love for judging by serving as the club’s Judging Coordinator. I’m so excited to see what the rest of the year has in store, and I can’t to see you all around the club.