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1972 Munich Olympic Games
292px-1972 Summer Olympics emblem
Official logo

City

Munich, West Germany

Venue

Sports Hall

Team Gold Medalist

USSR

All-Around Gold Medalist

Ludmilla Tourischeva (USSR)

Vault Gold Medalist

Karin Janz (GDR)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Karin Janz (GDR)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Olga Korbut (USSR)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Olga Korbut (USSR)

Preceded by

1968 Mexico City Olympic Games

Succeeded by

1976 Montreal Olympic Games

The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Munich, West Germany, from August 26 to September 10, 1972, the sporting nature of which was largely overshadowed by the Munich massacre in which eleven Israeli athletes and coaches, a West German police officer, and five terrorists were killed.

The 1972 Summer Olympics were the second Summer Olympics to be held in Germany, after the 1936 Games in Berlin, which had taken place under the Nazi regime. Mindful of the connection, the West German Government was anxious to take the opportunity of the Munich Olympics to present a new, democratic and optimistic Germany to the world, as shown by the Games' official motto, "the Happy Games."

Six different artistic gymnastics events were contested for the women. All events were held at the Sports Hall in Munich from August 27 through September 1.

Format of Competition

The gymnastics competition at the 1972 Summer Olympics was carried out in three stages:

  • Competition I - The team competition/qualification round in which all gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, performed both compulsory and optional exercises. The combined scores of all team members determined the final score of the team. The thirty-six highest scoring gymnasts in the all-around qualified to the individual all-around competition. The six highest scoring gymnasts on each apparatus qualified to the final for that apparatus.
  • Competition II - The individual all-around competition, in which those who qualified from Competition I performed exercises on each apparatus. The final score of each gymnast was composed of half the points earned by that gymnast during Competition I and all of the points earned by her in Competition II.
  • Competition III - The apparatus finals, in which those who qualified during Competition I performed an exercise on the individual apparatus on which she had qualified. The final score of each gymnast was composed of half the points earned by that gymnast on that particular apparatus during Competition I and all of the points earned by her on that particular apparatus in Competition III.

No limits were imposed as to how many gymnasts each country could enter into the individual all-around final or apparatus finals.

Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team Flag of the Soviet Union USSR

Lyubov Burda
Olga Korbut
Antonina Koshel
Tamara Lazakovich
Elvira Saadi
Ludmilla Tourischeva

Flag of East Germany East Germany

Irene Abel
Angelika Hellmann
Karin Janz
Richarda Schmeisser
Christine Schmitt
Erika Zuchold

Flag of Hungary Hungary

Ilona Bekesi
Monika Csaszar
Marta Kelemen
Aniko Kery
Krisztina Medveczky
Zsuzsa Nagy

All-Around Flag of the Soviet Union Ludmilla Tourischeva
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of East Germany Karin Janz
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Tamara Lazakovich
Soviet Union (USSR)
Vault Flag of East Germany Karin Janz
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of East Germany Erika Zuchold
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Ludmilla Tourischeva
Soviet Union (USSR)
Uneven Bars Flag of East Germany Karin Janz
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Olga Korbut
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of East Germany Erika Zuchold
East Germany (GDR)
Balance Beam Flag of the Soviet Union Olga Korbut
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Tamara Lazakovich
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of East Germany Karin Janz
East Germany (GDR)
Floor Exercise Flag of the Soviet Union Olga Korbut
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Ludmilla Tourischeva
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Tamara Lazakovich
Soviet Union (USSR)

Notable Moments

  • Ludmilla Tourischeva became the third gymnast to follow a World All-Around title with an Olympic All-Around title.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of the Soviet Union USSR 4 3 3 10
2 Flag of East Germany East Germany 2 3 2 7
3 Flag of Hungary Hungary 0 0 1 1

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