In 1928, women were finally permitted to participate in the Olympics when it came to gymnastics. During 1952, the individual women all-around format was added to the Summer Olympics that took place in Finland. Even with the Code of Points changes that were made, teenage girls were dominating this format, which allowed the age limit to be reduced. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the countries that have produced the most gold medals when it comes to female gymnastics.
The women in Russia dominated gymnastics during the Olympics for several years in the WAG (Women Artistic Gymnastics) category. From 1952 until 1992, the Russian female team managed to win every single event in the Summer Olympics and the World Championship. One of the best Soviet gymnasts was Larisa Latynina who managed to win her first Olympic medal in the all-around format at only 22 years old. When she was 26 years old in 1958, she has crowned the World Champion. She also entered the Hall of Fame for International Gymnastics in 1998. Svetlana Khorkina was another notable gymnast who managed to win 7 Olympic medals during her career.
Romania managed to achieve significant success during the Summer Olympics in 1976 thanks to the tremendous performance that was portrayed by Nadia Comaneci in gymnastics. The training system that was incorporated by Romania is regarded as the dominant force in the team and individual events when it came to the WAG. From 1976 to 2002, the country’s female gymnasts also won loads of medals at the Olympics. A total of 74 women gymnasts have represented Romania, including Nadia Comaneci who managed to win gold medals for the balance beam, uneven bars, and all-around. During 1984, Ecaterina Szabo managed to win the gold medal in the balance beam, vault, floor exercise, and all-around.
The United States of America is currently in third place with the most female gold medals in WAG as the sport is trendy across the country in colleges, high schools, and even private clubs. When the USSR broke up, the females from America managed to emerge victorious after winning the Olympic Game event in 1996. The women from the United States have also lead to dominate several occasions in the WAG, and some of the noteworthy females from America include Mary Lou Retton, the very first female from the United States to win five medals at the Olympics in 1984. Shannon Miller is another female from America worth mentioning as she claimed seven medals at the 1996 and 1992 Olympics.
Several other countries form part of the WAG on the Olympics, including China, Japan, Czechoslovakia, and Ukraine. Russia currently has the most medals in the Olympics with a total of 37, while Romania is in second place with a total of 22 followed by the United States with 10. Czechoslovakia comes in at fourth place with nine medals.