Melita Ruhn
Ruhn at the 1980 Olympic Games

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania


April 19 1965 (1965-04-19) (age 52)
Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania

Years on National Team



CSS Sibiu


Bela & Marta Karolyi
Ana Aldea & Adian Goreac (former)

Current status


Melita Ruhn (born April 19, 1965 in Sibiu, Romania) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast who represented Romania at the 1980 Summer Olympics. She won three Olympic medals (team, vault, uneven bars) for Romania and scored a perfect ten for the vault optionals in the team competition of the 1980 Olympic Games. In 1979 she was a member of the first world gold medal winning team of Romania. She is also an all around and floor world bronze medalist.


Ruhn started gymnastics at Sport School Club Sibiu with coach Kristl Voiculescu and Nicolae Buzoianu. Later she trained with the national team in Deva under coach Béla Károlyi. Her first major international competition was the 1979 European Championships in Copenhagen where she placed fifth in the all-around final event.

Together with Nadia Comăneci, Rodica Dunca, Emilia Eberle, Dumitriţa Turner and Marilena Vlădărău, Melita was a member of the gold-winning team at the 1979 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. This was the first time for Romania to win the team event at the world championships and the second time the Soviet team had not won the world or the Olympic title since 1952. Melita did all the four events and contributed with a difficult and risky routine on the uneven bars. Individually she won the bronze medals in the all around and in the floor event and placed seventh on vault and eight on balance beam.

In 1980 she was a member of the silver-winning Romanian team at the 1980 Olympic Games. She revealed for a newspaper that just before the Moscow Olympics she fractured her ankle. The ankle was put in a cast, and coach Károlyi took it off before the vault event. She scored a 10 and the cast was placed back on her ankle. Besides winning silver with the team she won the bronze medal on vault and on uneven bars. The bronze on the uneven bars was a tie with Steffi Kraker and Maria Filatova.

Melita retired from competitive gymnastics in 1982, when she was 17.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1979Copenhagen European Championships5
Fort Worth World Championships1st3rd3rd
1980Moscow Olympic Games2nd3rd3rd

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