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Erika Zuchold2005

Erika Zuchold - Germany

Erika Zuchold
Erika Zuchold,  Class of 2005, International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

An artist on and off the equipment, Erika Zuchold was a great innovator in the sport of women's gymnastics. She was the first gymnast of record to compete a back handspring on the balance beam, which she did at the 1966 World Championships. She used the skill to help her win the gold medal on balance beam at the 1970 World Championships, where she also won the gold on vault and the all-around silver. The two-time Olympian created the "Zuchold" transition move on the uneven bars, a difficult element still performed today. In addition to her career as an athlete and innovator, Zuchold is now an accomplished artist and sculptor, with exhibits in Austria, Spain, and Iraq.

1966 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Silver Medalist:
- Vault

1968 OLYMPIC GAMES
Silver Medalist:
- Vault
Bronze Medalist:
- Team

1970 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gold Medalist & World Champion:
- Vault
- Balance Beam
Silver Medalist:
- All Around
- Team

1972 OLYMPIC GAMES
Silver Medalist:
- Floor Exercise
- Team
Bronze Medalist:
- Uneven Bars

2005 Inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

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