2004 Athens Olympic Games
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Athens, Greece


Olympic Indoor Hall

Team Gold Medalist


All-Around Gold Medalist

Carly Patterson (USA)

Vault Gold Medalist

Monica Roşu (ROU)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Émilie Le Pennec (FRA)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Cătălina Ponor (ROU)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Cătălina Ponor (ROU)

Preceded by

2000 Sydney Olympic Games

Succeeded by

2008 Beijing Olympic Games

The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, took place in Athens, Greece from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto, "Welcome Home". Athens 2004 marked the first time since the 1996 Summer Olympics that all countries with a National Olympic Committee were in attendance. It was also the first time since 1896 (other than the since-downgraded 1906 Intercalated Games) that the Olympics were held in Greece. The artistic gymnastics events were held at the Olympic Indoor Hall on August 14–23.

Format of Competition

The competition format was largely the same as the 2000 Summer Olympics. All participating gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, participated in a qualification round. The results of this competition determined which teams and individuals participated in the remaining competitions, which included:

  • The team competition, in which the eight highest scoring teams from qualifications competed. For the first time, each team of six gymnasts could only have three gymnasts perform on each apparatus, and all three scores counted toward the team total.
  • The all-around competition, in which only the twenty-four highest scoring individuals in the all-around competed. For the first time, each country was limited to only two gymnasts in the all-around final.
  • The event finals, in which the eight highest scoring individuals on each apparatus competed. Each country was limited to two gymnasts in each apparatus final.

Competition Schedule

August 15 Qualifications
August 17 Team Final
August 19 All-Around
August 22 Vault Event Final
Uneven Bars Event Final
August 23 Balance Beam Event Final
Floor Exercise Event Final


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team Flag of Romania Romania

Oana Ban
Alexandra Eremia
Cătălina Ponor
Monica Roşu
Nicoleta Daniela Şofronie
Silvia Stroescu

Flag of the United States of America USA

Mohini Bhardwaj
Annia Hatch
Terin Humphrey
Courtney Kupets
Courtney McCool
Carly Patterson

Flag of Russia Russia

Ludmila Ezhova
Svetlana Khorkina
Maria Kryuchkova
Anna Pavlova
Elena Zamolodchikova
Natalia Ziganshina

All-Around Flag of the United States of America Carly Patterson
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Russia Svetlana Khorkina
Russia (RUS)
Flag of China Zhang Nan
China (CHN)
Vault Flag of Romania Monica Roşu
Romania (ROU)
Flag of the United States of America Annia Hatch
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Russia Anna Pavlova
Russia (RUS)
Uneven Bars Flag of France Émilie Le Pennec
France (FRA)
Flag of the United States of America Terin Humphrey
United States of America (USA)
Flag of the United States of America Courtney Kupets
United States of America (USA)
Balance Beam Flag of Romania Cătălina Ponor
Romania (ROU)
Flag of the United States of America Carly Patterson
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Romania Alexandra Eremia
Romania (ROU)
Floor Exercise Flag of Romania Cătălina Ponor
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Romania Nicoleta Daniela Şofronie
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Spain Patricia Moreno
Spain (ESP)

Notable Moments

  • Carly Patterson became the first American gymnast to win the all-around at a fully attended Olympics. She outperformed Russia's Svetlana Khorkina, who, the previous year, had won the World All-Around title over Patterson.
  • Emilie Le Pennec became the first French female gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal, and the first French gymnast to win gold in over a hundred years.
  • Patricia Moreno became the first female Spanish gymnast to win an Olympic medal.
  • The highest recorded score was 9.787, by Catalina Ponor during the balance beam event final.


  • Russia's Svetlana Khorkina, who was in her third Olympics specifically to win the all-around, came in second to USA's Carly Patterson. After the all-around, Khorkina stated that she believed Patterson's win was "fixed", due to the amount of time it took to calculate Khorkina's score on vault.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of Romania Romania 4 1 1 6
2 Flag of the United States of America USA 1 4 1 6
3 Flag of Russia Russia 0 1 2 3
4 Flag of France France 1 0 0 1
5 Flag of China China 0 0 1 1
6 Flag of Spain Spain 0 0 1 1


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