Vera Cerna
Cerna at the 1979 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia


May 17 1963 (1963-05-17) (age 55)
Brno, Czechoslovakia

Years on National Team


Current status


Vera Cerna (born on May 17, 1963, in Brno) is a retired Czech gymnast. When she was 6, she was selected to train in rhythmic gymnastics, but by age 8 she had convinced coaches to let her switch to sports gymnastics. It was a good decision, because by age 11 she was good enough to join the junior national team. That same year, she competed in her first international meet, in a dual with Hungary. She won the beam title at the 1979 World Championships.

At an Olympic training camp in Nymburk, Vera sustained a serious injury just weeks before the Moscow Games. She spent the next two months in a hospital in Brno. Vera graduated from Brno University of Technology and worked with the Brno police department as a dispatcher for several years. Twice married and divorced, and the mother of three (twin daughters Kristina and Lucie, and son Daniel), she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2003 and underwent surgery that left her partially paralyzed. Her condition has improved with rehabilitation although she still has difficulty walking and cannot see out of one eye. Vera still lives in Brno and recently became a grandmother.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1977Oveido World Cup Final2nd
Chunichi Cup9
Antibes International4
1978São Paulo World Cup Final2nd1st
1979Fort Worth World Championships1st
Tokyo World Cup Final3rd
1980American Cup5
Kosice International3rd

World Balance Beam Champions
Vlasta DěkanováHelena RakoczyKeiko TanakaLarisa LatyninaEva BosákováNatalia KuchinskayaErika ZucholdNellie KimLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciVera CernaMaxi GnauckOlga MostepanovaDaniela SilivaşAurelia DobreDaniela SilivaşSvetlana BoginskayaKim ZmeskalLavinia MiloşoviciShannon MillerMo HuilanDina KochetkovaGina GogeanLing JieAndreea RăducanAshley PostellFan YeNastia LiukinIryna KrasnianskaNastia LiukinDeng LinlinAna PorgrasSui LuAliya MustafinaSimone BilesPauline Schaefer