Maxi Gnauck

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Maxi Gnauck
— Gymnast —
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1983-1017-023, Maxi Gnauck.jpg
Maxi Gnauck in 1983
Personal information
Country represented  East Germany
Born (1964-10-10) 10 October 1964 (age 52)
Berlin, East Germany
Height 1.48 m (4 ft 10 in)
Weight 33 kg (73 lb)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Club SC Dynamo Berlin

Maxi Gnauck (born 10 October 1964) is a retired artistic gymnast who represented East Germany. 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. In 1980 she was selected East German Sportspersonality of the Year.[1]

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', creating an uncommon name for Germany.[2] When Maxi was five, her mother took her to a gymnastics centre in their area. By eight, Maxi had won her first medals at the Kreisspartakiade. When she was nine she changed her club to SC Dynamo Berlin, where she was coached by Jurgen Heritz. Considered one of the best uneven bars competitors of her time, Maxi was also a super tumbler. She was one of the first female gymnasts to perform a triple twist on floor.[3]

In April 1986, Maxi officially announced her retirement and began a four-year course in sports coaching at the University of Leipzig.[2] In 1988 she was severely injured while sliding down a waterslide while working as an aide at a children's summer camp by the Baltic Sea. She broke her C5 vertebra and was nearly paralyzed. Three vertebrae were later reinforced with a metal plate.[3]

Facing a strong competition in Germany she first took temporal coaching positions in South Africa and Great Britain, both for a few months in 1990.[2] From 1993 until 2004 she worked as a full-time coach at the Harksheide Gymnastics Center in Norderstedt near Hamburg. Since 2005 she has worked at the Artistic and Apparatus Gymnastics Center (Kunst- und Gerätturnzentrum) at Liestal in Switzerland.[1] In 2000, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.[4] She is the first German gymnast to be awarded that honor.[1][3]

Results[edit]

Year Competition Placing(s)
1977 East German Children's Spartakiade 1st All-Around
1977 East German Juniors Championships 5th All-Around
1977 East Germany-Czechoslovakia Juniors Dual Meet     1st Team, 1st All-Around
1978 Chunichi Cup 4th All-Around
1978 DTV Cup 5th All-Around
1978 East Germany-Hungary Dual Meet 1st team, 3rd All-Around
1978 Junior Friendship Tournament 2nd Team, 3rd All-Around, 2nd Floor, 4th Bars, 6th Vault
1979 Cottbus International 1st All-Around
1979 European Championships 2nd Vault, 3rd Bars, 6th All-Around
1979 East German Championships 2nd All-Around
1979 East German Cup 4th All-Around
1979 East Germany-Norway-Sweden Tri-Meet 1st Team, 1st All-Around
1979 World Championships 3rd Team, 2nd All-Around, 1st Bars, 4th Floor, 6th Vault
1980 Cottbus International 1st All-Around, 1st bars, 1st Beam, 1st Floor
1980 East German Championships 4th All-Around
1980 East Germany-Hungary Dual Meet 1st Team, 1st All-Around
1980 Olympic Games 3rd Team, 2nd All-Around, 1st Bars, 3rd Floor, 4th Beam, 6th Vault
1980 World Cup 2nd All-Around, 1st Bars, 1st Floor, 6th Vault
1981 Cottbus International 1st All-Around, 1st Bars, 1st Floor, 2nd Vault, 2nd Beam
1981 European Championships 1st All-Around, 1st Bars, 1st Beam, 1st Floor, 2nd Vault
1981 East German Championships 1st All-Around
1981 East Germany-Norway-Sweden Tri-Meet 1st All-Around
1981 World Championships 1st Vault, 1st Bars, 1st Beam, 3rd Team
1982 East German Championships 1st All-Around, 1st Vault, 1st Bars, 1st Floor
1982 East Germany-Hungary Dual Meet 1st Team, 1st All-Around
1982 World Cup 5th All-Around, 1st Bars, 3rd Floor, 7th Vault
1983     Chunichi Cup 4th All-Around, 1st Floor
1983     Cottbus International 1st Vault, 1st Floor, 3rd All-Around
1983     Tokyo Cup 1st Bars, 1st Floor
1983     World Championships 1st Bars, 3rd Team, 4th Vault, 4th Beam, 7th All-Around
1984     Cottbus International 1st Vault, 1st Floor, 4th All-Around
1984     Friendship Games in Olomouc 1st Bars, 1st Floor, 3rd All-Around, 3rd Vault, 5th Beam
1984     DTB Cup 1st All-Around, 1st Bars, 1st Floor, 2nd Vault, 5th Beam
1984     East German Championships 1st All-Around, 1st Bars, 1st Floor, 3rd Vault
1985     Cottbus International 1st Floor, 2nd All-Around, 2nd Vault
1985     European Championships 1st Bars, 2nd All-Around, 4th Vault

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Maxi Gnauck. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b c Maxi Gnauck (GDR). gymn.ca
  3. ^ a b c Maxi Gnauck (GDR). gymn-forum.net
  4. ^ International Gymnastics Hall of Fame May 12 2007. ighof.com

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
East Germany Marita Koch
East German Sportswoman of the Year
1980
Succeeded by
East Germany Ute Geweniger