Gymnastics is one of the most physically demanding and challenging sport. It is filled with intricate tricks and impressive stunts performed with style and grace by both genders.
Do you want to know who the best gymnast in the world is right now? Today we have compiled a list of some of the best gymnasts in the world.
Nina Derwael from Belgium. She was born on March 26, 2000, she’s undisputedly Belgium’s first and most successful gymnast who has made an immense impact internationally.
Nina is a two-time World (2018 & 2019) and European champion (2017 & 2018) on uneven bars.
In the 2019 European Games, she was the champion on the balance beams and a two-time Belgian national all-around champion (2015 & 2018). She has also won one silver medal in the balance team.
She is the first Belgian gymnast to win a medal at the World Championships, the first to become a World champion, and the first to become a European champion.
The female gymnast can easily be one of the top gymnasts in the world in no time.
Next up we have, Murakami Mai. She was born on August 5 1996 in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan.
Mai is a retired Japanese artistic gymnast and Olympic medalist. She is the 2017 World Champion and 2021 World Champion on floor exercise, the 2018 World all-around silver medalist and floor exercise bronze medalist.
She began gymnastics when she was two years old.
She is also a four-time Japanese national all-around champion (2016-2018, 2020) represented Japan at the 2016 Olympics.
Mai has won two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals in international championships. She is also the first female gymnast to win an Olympic medal.
She won one bronze medal in the 2020 Olympic games floor exercise which were cancelled earlier due to COVID-19. She won the medal in 2 August 2021.
Murakami also competed in September at the All-Japan Senior Championships, where she won gold in the all-around.
Apart from that, She also performed very well to win medals on each of the individual events, including two additional golds on vault and floor. She next competed at the All-Japan Championships in December.
In October 2021, Murakami competed at the 2021 World Championships, where she won gold on the floor exercise and bronze on the balance beam.
Gabby Douglas – Best US Gymnast
Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas known as Gabby Douglas is a retired American artistic gymnast. She is the 2012 Olympic all around champion and the 2015 World all-around silver medalist.
She was als0 one of the member of the gold-winning teams at both the 2012 and the 2016 Summer Olympics, dubbed the “Fierce Five” and the “Final Five” by the media. The became 0 the first U.S. women’s team to win a team gold medal in 1996.
She was also a member of the gold-winning American teams at the 2011 and the 2015 World Championships.
In her career Gabby Douglas has won a total of nine gold medals and one silver medal. She has won three gold medals in the Olympics game in the 2012 team competition and all-round competition. In 2016, She again won gold medal in the team competition.
Douglas is the first African American to become the Olympic individual all-around champion and the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competition at the same Olympic games in 2022.
She was also the 2016 AT&T American Cup all-around champion.
She earned the nickname “The flying squirrel” for her ability to gain extraordinary height in the air when releasing from the apparatus on the uneven bars.
In 2014 there was a movie adaptation about her life and struggles to be a World class gymnast, named the “Gabby Douglas Story”. She was of the best gymnasts in the world.
Manrique Larduet – Best Cuba Gymnast
Manrique Larduet Bicet also known as Manrique Larduet was born on July 10, 1996 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.
He is a former Cuban artistic gymnast. Larduet grew up in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba and is famous for his history-making silver at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. He has also competed at the Pan American Games.
Larduet won one silver and one bronze medal in the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow.
In his career, Manrique Larduet has won eleven gold medals and twenty silver medals.
At just 26 years old, the male gymnast has a chance to become one of the most successful Cuban gymnast ever. Larduet will always be a threat to finish on the podium for both all-around and high bar.
Danell Leyva – Best Male Gymnast USA
At number 8 in this list we have Danell Leyva. Danell Johan Leyva known as Danell Leyva was born October 30, 1991. He is a Cuban-American former gymnast who competed for the United States.
Leyva began his career in 2004, he went on to compete in the junior division of the US National Championships, where he came 1st all-around, won gold on floor exercise and horizontal bar, and tied for silver on parallel bars.
He is the 2012 Olympic individual all-around bronze medalist and 2016 Olympic parallel bars and horizontal bar silver medalist.
He enjoyed great success in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
He won two silver medals and one bronze medal in the Olympic Competition. He is also the 2011 US national all-around gold medalist and the 2011 world champion on the parallel bars. There’s no denying that Danell Levya was one of the most successful gymnasts in the world.
Oksana Chusovitina – Best Uzbekistan Gymnast
Oksana Aleksandrovna Chusovitina known 6 Oskana Chusovitina was bron on 19 June 1975, is a an eight time Olympic gymnast who has represented Germany, Soviet Union and Uzbekistan in the World Championship.
She has won two Olympic medals, ne gold medal and one silver medal. Along with, three gold medals in the World Championships.
She has also won eight medals in the Asian games, winning two gold medals in the competition.
At 46 years of age she became the oldest female gymnast to qualify for the Olympic games.
Chusovitina’s career as an elite gymnast has spanned more than a quarter century. She’s one of the most successful gymnasts in the world.
Donnell Whittenburg – Best Male Gymnast
Donnell Whittenburg is an American artistic gymnast who won a bronze medal at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
Donnell was born August 18, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland, he was awarded a bronze medal at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
He was the 2014 U.S. National champion on Vault and is the 2015 U.S. national champion on rings. At the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Whittenburg won the bronze medal in the team event with the American team.
In his very first eligible year as a senior competitor at 18 years of age, back in 2013, Whittenburg was named to the national team and was a significant part of the 2014 bronze medal-winning team at the World Championships.
In his career Donnell has participated in the Pan American games, FIG World Cup and FIG World Challenge cup.
He had his most successful year in 2017 as he won silver medals in both the FIG World Cup and FIG World Challenge Cup that year.
Shang Chunsong – Best Chinees Female Gymnast
Next up on the list we have, Shang Chunsong, she was born on 18 March 1996 in Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China.
Shang Chunsong is a senior elite Chinese artistic gymnast. She represented China at the 2013, 2014, and 2015 World Championships and was a member of the Chinese silver-medal-winning teams at the latter two events.
Shang was the captain of the bronze-medal-winning team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she placed 4th in the individual all-around competition. Domestically, she is the 2015 and 2016 Chinese national all-around champion.
Dipa Karmakar – Best Indian Gymnast
Next up on the list we have, Depa Karmakar, she’s one of the best Indian female gymnasts in the world.
Dipa won a bronze medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of games.
Dipa also has received many awards from her country, one of which is Padma Shri’s fourth most prestigious and highest civilian award in India.
She has won kne gold medal and one bronze medal in the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup.
Sam Mikulak – United States
Samuel Anthony Mikulak also known as Sam Mkulak is an American former artistic gymnast. He is a six-time U.S. national all-around champion, the 2018 World bronze medalist on high bar, and a three-time Olympian.
Mikulak is an eight time NCAA champion. He has won all the Individual all-rounde, and several individual event titles in the 2011, 2013, and 2014 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships.
Apart from that, he has won four gold medals in the Pacific rim Championships, and five silver medals in the competition.
Kohei Uchimura – Best male Gymnast
Kōhei Uchimura is a retired Japanese artistic gymnast. He is a seven-time Olympic medalist, winning three golds and four silvers, and a twenty-one-time World medalist.
He is regarded as one of the top Gymnasts in the world. He was nicknamed the “Superman” due to his high flying moves.
Uchimura has won three Olympic gold medals and four silver medals.
He has won ten gold medals in the World Championships, along with six silver and five bronze medals.
He also won two gold medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Uchimura won the all-around during the 2012 Olympics in London – it was after finishing with silver in 2008 behind China’s Yang Wei.
Larisa Semyonovna Latynina is a former Soviet artistic gymnast.
Between 1956 and 1964 she won 14 individual Olympic medals and four team medals. She holds the record for the most Olympic gold medals by a gymnast, male or female, with 9.
The female athlete, Larisa also won five silver and four bronze medals with making her total of 18 Olympic medals the record was held by her until Michael Phelps broke the record in 2012.
She is the only Gymnast to have been won World Champion in every event.
She is one of the only five athletes to have won nine gold medals.
Her total of 18 Olympic medals was a record for 48 years. She has won seven gold medals in the European Championships.
Simone Biles – Best gymnast in the world
Her seven Olympic medals tied with Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals won by an American gymnast. Having won 25 World Championship medals, she is the most decorated gymnast in history and is considered by many to be the greatest gymnast of all time. In 2022, Biles was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Joe Biden.
She has known the most World medals and most World Gold medals. The women’s Gymnast
Her seven Olympic medals tied with Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals won by an American gymnast. She is considered as the world’s greatest Gymnast.
In her career, Simone Bikes has won four gold.
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