Brenda Magaña
Magaña at the 2002 World Championships

Full name

Brenda Magaña Almaral

Country represented

Flag of Mexico Mexico


July 27, 1977 (age 36)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico


WOGA; Club Deportivo Atlas Paradero (former)


Valeri Liukin

Current status


Brenda Magaña Almaral (born July 27 in Guadalajara) is a retired Mexican gymnast. Magaña is best known for being the first woman to successfully complete a triple back somersault on the uneven bars. This move is unusual even amongst male gymnasts, and in the women's code of points it bears her name. The Magaña is still the most difficult dismount on the uneven bars.

She began practicing gymnastics at the age of three at the Club Deportivo Atlas Paradero in Guadalajara but then started training at WOGA Gymnastics in Texas, USA. She was five years old when she participated in her first international competition in Czechoslovakia.

In 2002, she competed at the World Championships, competing her very difficult bars dismount, and placing eighth in floor exercise finals. In 2003, she competed at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, winning floor silver, vault bronze, and placing fifth with her team and tenth in the all-around.

The following year, she was selected to represent Mexico at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but did not qualify to the all-around or individual event finals. She retired after Athens.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2002Debrecen World Championships8
2003Santo Domingo Pan American Games5103rd2nd

Floor Music

1998-1999 - "Hasta Que Te Conoci"

2001-2002 - "Victory" by Bond

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