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List of the best Olympic athletes in the sport of artistic gymnastics. Olympians on this list have competed at the Olympic games in artistic gymnastics. Olympic athletes on this list have made it all the way to the Olympics in their sport and have either won their event or did not even place. But this list isn't just about winners, times, distances and points, it's about who are the public's favorite Olympic athletes in artistic gymnastics. Olympians on this list have captured the hearts of the public in one way or another, and have led their peers in artistic gymnastics competitions. Only the greatest artistic gymnastics Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so vote for your favorites and let only the best artistic gymnastics Olympians see the top. Artistic gymnastics athletes who have competed in the Olympics don't all have what it takes to be called the "best" in their Olympic sport, so vote carefully and make sure that only the true greats get a place on the front page of this list. Examples include Zou Kai and Thomas Bouhail. Use this factual list to make a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion. (79 items)
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Nadia Comaneci is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Shirley Tessle added Nadia Comaneci

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Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 26 Shawn Machel Johnson is a retired American artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. Johnson became a member ...more

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Nastia Liukin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 28 Anastasia Valeryevna "Nastia" Liukin is a retired Russian-American artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around Champion, the 2005 and 2007 World Champion on the ...more

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Aly Raisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Daviv Sumatal added age 23 Alexandra Rose "Aly" Raisman is an American artistic gymnast. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she was captain of the gold medal-winning US women's gymnastics team, and individually won a ...more

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Gabby Douglas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Daviv Sumatal added age 22 Gabrielle Christina Victoria "Gabby" Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. As a member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both ...more

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Aliya Mustafina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Rodrigo1 added age 23 Aliya Fargatovna Mustafina is a Russian artistic gymnast who is the 2010 World individual all-around champion, the 2012 Olympic uneven bars champion, the 2013 World balance beam champion and the ...more

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Shannon Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 41 Shannon Lee Miller is a former artistic gymnast from Edmond, Oklahoma. She was the 1993 and 1994 World All-Around Champion, the 1996 Olympics balance beam gold medalist, the 1995 Pan Am Games ...more

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Alicia Sacramone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 30 Alicia Marie Quinn is a retired American artistic gymnast. Sacramone began gymnastics at the age of eight, started competing in the elite ranks in 2002 and joined the U.S. national team in 2003. ...more

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Dominique Dawes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
CraigSmailwill added age 41 Dominique Margaux Dawes is a retired American artistic gymnast. Known in the gymnastics community as 'Awesome Dawesome,' she was 10-year member of the U.S. national gymnastics team, the 1994 ...more

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Sandra Izbașa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 27 Sandra Raluca Izbaşa is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a double Olympic champion, on floor at the 2008 Olympics and vault at the 2012 Olympics. She is also a winner of two Olympic bronze ...more

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Carly Patterson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 30 Carly Rae Patterson-Caldwell is an American singer and former gymnast. She is the 2004 Olympic All-Around Champion and a member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She currently lives in Allen,

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Dominique Moceanu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
NaomiDiep added age 36 Dominique "Domi" Helena Moceanu is a retired American gymnast. She was a member of the Olympic Gold medal winning 1996 U.S. Women's Gymnastics team in Atlanta. The hallmarks of ...more

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Olga Korbut is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Joanne Phillips added age 62 Olga Valentinovna Korbut, also known as the "Sparrow from Minsk", is a former Belarusian gymnast who won four gold medals and two silver medals at the Summer Olympic Games, in which ...more

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Oksana Chusovitina is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 42 Oksana Aleksandrovna Chusovitina is a world and Olympic champion gymnast who competed for the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan and Germany. Chusovitina's career as an elite gymnast has spanned more than ...more

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Mary Lou Retton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Steph Bowerhaus added age 50 Mary Lou Retton is a retired American gymnast. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition, as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals. Her ...more

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Kerri Strug is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Steph Bowerhaus added age 40 Kerri Allyson Strug is a retired American gymnast from Tucson, Arizona. She was a member of the Magnificent Seven, the victorious all-around women's gymnastics team that represented the United ...more

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Jordyn Wieber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Daviv Sumatal added age 22 Jordyn Marie Wieber is a retired American artistic gymnast who was a member of the gold medal-winning US women's gymnastics teams at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics. ...more

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Svetlana Boginskaya is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Shirley Tessle added age 45 Svetlana Leonidovna Boginskaya is a Soviet/Unified Team/Belarusian gymnast. She was called the "Belarusian Swan" and the "Goddess of Gymnastics" because of her height, ...more

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Samantha Peszek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 26 Samantha Nicole Peszek is an American gymnast. She was a member of the United States' 2008 Olympic women's gymnastics team. Currently, she competes in NCAA Gymnastics for the UCLA Bruins.

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Cheng Fei is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 29 Cheng Fei is a retired Chinese gymnast. She is a three-time World Champion on the vault and 2006 World Champion on floor exercise. She was a member of the gold medal-winning Chinese teams for ...more

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Chellsie Memmel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 29 Chellsie Marie Memmel is a retired American gymnast. She is the 2005 World All-Around Champion, making her the third American woman, after Kim Zmeskal and Shannon Miller, to become World ...more

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Bridget Sloan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 25 Bridget Elizabeth Sloan is an American elite gymnast. She was the 2009 All-Around World Champion and the 2009 All-Around U.S. National Champion. Sloan was a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics ...more

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Aurelia Dobre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
CraigSmailwill added age 45 Aurelia Dobre is a former artistic gymnast from Romania, who was the 1987 World Champion. She was also 1st on balance beam, 3rd on vault and floor exercise in event finals and scored a total of ...more

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Kohei Uchimura is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 29 Kōhei Uchimura is a Japanese artistic gymnast. He is a five-time Olympic medalist, winning a gold and four silvers, a 16-time World medalist and is considered by many to be the greatest gymnast ...more

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Steliana Nistor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 28 Steliana Nistor is a retired Romanian gymnast. She is an Olympic and a world bronze medalist with the team. Individually, she is a world all around and beam silver medalist and a multiple ...more

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He Kexin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 26 He Kexin is a retired Chinese artistic gymnast. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing she won two gold medals on the uneven bars and as a member of the Chinese Artistic Gymnastics team. In 2008, she ...more

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Tatiana Gutsu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
CraigSmailwill added age 41 Tatiana Konstantinivna Gutsu is a Ukrainian gymnast, winner of the 1992 Olympic all-around title. Renowned as a trickster, the routines she performed were some of the most difficult ever in the ...more

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Vitaly Scherbo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
ClintonJake added age 46 Vitaly Venediktovich Scherbo, born 13 January 1972 in Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, is a Belarusian former artistic gymnast. One of the most successful gymnasts of all time, he is the only male ...more

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Deng Linlin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 25 Deng Linlin, is a Chinese gymnast. She was a member of the Chinese team that won the team gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, People's Republic of China, and is a three-time World ...more

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Cathy Rigby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 65 Cathleen Roxanne Rigby, known as Cathy Rigby, is an actress, speaker, and former gymnast. Her performance in the 1968 Summer Olympics helped to popularize the sport of gymnastics. After her ...more

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Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 28 Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs is a Canadian former gymnast. She was born in Mississauga, Ontario. She first started gymnastics in 1993, and competed in her first international event in 2001. She has a ...more

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Anamaria Tămârjan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 26 Anamaria Tămârjan is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a bronze Olympic medalist and a gold European medalist with the team. Individually, she is a European silver medalist on balance ...more

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Fabian Hambüchen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 30 Fabian Hambüchen is a German gymnast. He lives in Wetzlar. Hambüchen was the youngest German athlete at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and finished seventh in the horizontal bar ...more

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Yang Yilin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 25 Yang Yilin is a Chinese gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic all-around bronze medalist and a member of the gold medal winning Chinese Olympics gymnastics team. Yang was also the 2007 World ...more

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Kurt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
LaurieM added age 62 Kurt Bilteaux Thomas is an American Olympic gymnast. Thomas competed for Indiana State University and in 1979, he won the Nissen Award. Thomas became a member of the US Olympic team at the 1976 ...more

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Li Xiaopeng is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 36 Li Xiaopeng is a male Chinese gymnast, who specializes in parallel bars and vault. He currently holds 16 world titles, more than any other gymnasts in China. On 29 August 2009, he was the torch ...more

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Paul Hamm is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 35 Paul Elbert Hamm is an American artistic gymnast. He is a World Champion gymnast and three-time Olympic medalist. He won the all-around competition at the 2004 Olympic Games.

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Gabriela Drăgoi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Gabriela Drăgoi age 25 Gabriela Drăgoi is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is an Olympic bronze medalist and a European gold medalist with the team. Individually she is a European bronze medalist on balance beam.

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Louis Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 28 Louis Antoine Smith, MBE is a British artistic gymnast who specialises in the pommel horse. He received a bronze medal and a silver medal on the pommel horse at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the ...more

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Andreea Acatrinei is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 25 Andreea Acatrinei is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is an Olympic bronze medalist with the team.

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Andreea Grigore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Andreea Grigore age 26 Andreea Florentina Grigore is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is an Olympic bronze medalist and a world bronze medalist with the team. She was a successful junior gymnast winning three silver ...more

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Morgan Hamm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 35 Morgan Carl Hamm is an American artistic gymnast. He represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics and at the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the 2004 Olympics, he won the silver medal in ...more

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Larisa Latynina is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Shirley Tessle added age 83 Larisa Semyonovna Latynina is a former Soviet gymnast. Between 1956 and 1964 she won 14 individual Olympic medals and four team medals. Her total of 18 Olympic medals was a record for 48 years ...more

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Jonathan Horton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 32 Jonathan Alan Horton is an American gymnast. He is the 2008 Olympic silver medalist on high bar, 2010 Worlds all-around bronze medalist and a two-time U.S. National All-Around Champion. He is a ...more

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Alexander Artemev is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 32 Alexander Vladimirovich "Sasha" Artemev is a retired American artistic gymnast. Artemev was a member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. team at the 2008 Olympic Games. He is the 2006 ...more

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Erin Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Erin Blanchard age 28 Erin Blanchard is an American gymnast from Broussard, Louisiana. Blanchard competed in the Women's Individual Trampoline on August 15, 2008, at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, but did ...more

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Koki Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Koki Sakamoto age 31 Koki Sakamoto is a Japanese gymnast. He was a member of the 2008 Olympic team that won the silver medal. He was the 2nd best Japanese gymnast in the qualifying round and 5th overall but was ...more

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Kyle Shewfelt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 35 Kyle Keith Shewfelt is a Canadian gymnast. His gold medal in the men's floor exercise competition at the 2004 Athens Olympics was the first medal ever by a Canadian in an artistic gymnastics ...more

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Nansy Damianova is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
Nansy Damianova age 26 Nansy Damianova is a Canadian artistic gymnast. She represented Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Hong Un-jong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics
age 29 Hong Un-jong is a North Korean artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic champion and 2014 World Champion on Vault.