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To celebrate International Women’s Day and #BalanceforBetter we’ve created a list of some of the most incredible women in Gymnastics history. From winning gold medals to making history and raising awareness on important topics, these women truly deserve to be celebrated.

So, in no particular order:

Nadia Comaneci

Certainly the most famous moment at the Montreal in 1976. 14-year-old Nadia Comaneci was the first gymnast ever to score seven perfect 10’s. The scoreboard was unable to show a ten, so instead flashed a 1.0!

Watch her performance here.

Ellie Downie

Furthermore representing the UK, nine-time championship medallist, Ellie Downie. One half of the Downie duo and one of the most successful female artistic gymnasts in British history. At the 2017 European Championships, she became the first British gymnast to qualify for all finals at a major international event. Soon after she became the first British gymnast to win all-round gold at a major championship.

Simone Biles

Dubbed ‘America’s greatest athlete’ Simone Biles made history as the first woman to win a fourth all-round world title after winning the team and all-round events. With four Olympic gold medals, Biles also sets an American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Games. As a result, she is probably the most decorated female gymnast ever, which is why she makes our list.

Watch her Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games highlights here.

Shannon Miller

Similarly, Shannon Miller dominated gymnastics the 1990s, winning seven Olympic medals and nine world championship medals, including two world all-around titles. She’s one of the most decorated American gymnasts in history, second only to Simone Biles. She now hopes to help lead the effort to reform the sport and make it safe for its athletes, making it her mission to change gymnastics to protect its athletes. Which is exactly why she’s made it onto our list.

Olga Korbut

In the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, Olga performed the first ever attempted backwards release move on uneven bars. Known as the ‘Korbut Flip’ is now illegal in the Code of Points because it involves standing on the high bar.

Watch her performance here.

Mary Lou Retton

At the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, Retton was the first American woman to win the all-around title after scoring a perfect 10 on the vault. She was a media sensation and was also crowned the first ever woman to be featured on a Wheaties box.

Celebrate with us this International Women’s Day and share your #BalanceforBetter post with us on social media.

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