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Maxi Gnauck
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Gnauck at the 1980 Olympic Games

Country represented

Flag of East Germany.png East Germany


October 10 1964 (1964-10-10) (age 57)
Berlin, West Germany

Current status


Maxi Gnauck (born October 10, 1964 in Berlin, East Germany) is a retired artistic gymnast. 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. 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.

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When Maxi was 5, Her mother took her to a gymnastics centre in their area. By age 8, Maxi had won her first medals at the Kreisspartakiade. When she was 9 she transferred to the Club SC Dynamo Berlin, where she was coached by Jurgen Heritz. Considered one of the best Uneven Bars workers of her time, Maxi was also a super tumbler. She was one of the first girls to perform a triple twist on Floor.

In April 1986, Maxi officially announced her retirement and began studying to become a coach. During 1988, Maxi was severely injured while sliding down a waterslide while she was working as an aid at a children's summer camp by the Baltic Sea. Maxi broke her C5 vertebra and was nearly paralyzed. Three vertebrae were later reinforced with a metal plate.

Since 1993 Maxi has worked as a full-time coach at the Norderstedt Gymnastics Center in Hamburg. In 2000, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, She is the first German gymnast to be awarded that honor.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1978 Chunichi Cup 4
1979 East German Championships 2nd 2nd 1st 5 1st
Dial American Cup 2nd
Cottbus International 1st
International Mixed Pairs 1st
Copenhagen European Championships 2nd 3rd
Fort Worth World Championships 3rd 2nd 1st
1980 East German Nationals 4
Toronto World Cup Final 2nd 1st 1st
Cottbus International 1st 1st 1st 1st
Moscow Olympic Games 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd
1981 Cottbus International 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
Madrid European Championships 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Moscow World Championships 3rd 1st 1st 1st
1982 East German Championships 1st
Zagreb World Cup Final 1st 3rd
1983 Budapest World Championships 3rd 1st
Chunichi Cup 4
Cottbus International 3rd 1st 1st
Tokyo Cup 1st 1st
1984 East German Championships 1st 3rd 1st 5 1st
Cottbus International 4 1st 1st
DTB Cup 1st 2nd 1st 5 1st
Olomouc Friendship Games 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 1st
1985 Cottbus International 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
Helsinki European Championships 2nd 3rd

Olympic Uneven Bars Champions
Margit KorondiAgnes KeletiPolina AstakhovaVěra ČáslavskáKarin JanzNadia ComăneciMaxi GnauckMa Yanhong | Julianne McNamaraDaniela SilivaşLu LiSvetlana KhorkinaÉmilie Le PennecHe KexinAliya MustafinaNina Derwael