Valery Belenky

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Valery Belenky
Full nameValery Vladimirovich Belenky
Country represented Germany
Former countries represented Soviet Union
 Azerbaijan
Born (1969-09-05) 5 September 1969 (age 49)
Baku
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics

Valery Vladimirovich Belenky (Russian: Валерий Владимирович Беленький, German: Valeri Belenki; born 5 September 1969) is a retired Azerbaijani-German artistic gymnast who competed in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.

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Belenky was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan, in a Jewish family[1].

He competed for the Soviet Union/Unified Team until 1992 when this federation was disbanded following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Belenky's greatest achievements are the team gold and all around bronze he won with the Unified Team in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Belenky also won gold in the pommel horse event at the 1991 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, where he competed for the USSR.

Because Azerbaijan did not have a gymnastics federation for him to compete for in the 1993 world championships in Birmingham, Belenky instead competed as an unattatched athlete. In 1994 he became a German citizen and represented that nation in the 1996 Olympics, helping the team to a seventh-place finish and coming 6th in the all-around.

In 2015, he was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame as a representative of Azerbaijan.

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