Gnauck at the 1980 Olympic Games
October 10 1964
Maxi Gnauck (born October 10, 1964 in Berlin, East Germany) is a retired artistic gymnast. With a total of 27 medals at the Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cups, and European Championships she is considered one of the most successful woman gymnast that Germany has ever produced.
Her parents were expecting a boy and they planned to name him Max so, when the baby turned out to be a girl, they simply added an i. When Maxi was 5, Her mother took her to a gymnastics centre in their area. By age 8, Maxi had won her first medals at the Kreisspartakiade. When she was 9 she transferred to the Club SC Dynamo Berlin, where she was coached by Jurgen Heritz. Considered one of the best Uneven Bars workers of her time, Maxi was also a super tumbler. She was one of the first girls to perform a triple twist on Floor.
In April 1986, Maxi officially announced her retirement and began studying to become a coach. During 1988, Maxi was severely injured while sliding down a waterslide while she was working as an aid at a children's summer camp by the Baltic Sea. Maxi broke her C5 vertebra and was nearly paralyzed. Three vertebrae were later reinforced with a metal plate.
Since 1993 Maxi has worked as a full-time coach at the Norderstedt Gymnastics Center in Hamburg. In 2000, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, She is the first German gymnast to be awarded that honor.
|1979||East German Championships||2nd||2nd||1st||5||1st|
|Dial American Cup||2nd|
|International Mixed Pairs||1st|
|Copenhagen European Championships||2nd||3rd|
|Fort Worth World Championships||3rd||2nd||1st|
|1980||East German Nationals||4|
|Toronto World Cup Final||2nd||1st||1st|
|Moscow Olympic Games||3rd||2nd||1st||3rd|
|Madrid European Championships||1st||2nd||1st||1st||1st|
|Moscow World Championships||3rd||1st||1st||1st|
|1982||East German Championships||1st|
|Zagreb World Cup Final||1st||3rd|
|1983||Budapest World Championships||3rd||1st|
|1984||East German Championships||1st||3rd||1st||5||1st|
|Olomouc Friendship Games||2nd||3rd||3rd||1st||1st|
|Helsinki European Championships||2nd||3rd|
|Olympic Uneven Bars Champions|
|Margit Korondi • Agnes Keleti • Polina Astakhova • Věra Čáslavská • Karin Janz • Nadia Comăneci • Maxi Gnauck • Ma Yanhong | Julianne McNamara • Daniela Silivaş • Lu Li • Svetlana Khorkina • Émilie Le Pennec • He Kexin • Aliya Mustafina|