From the Vault

From the Vault: Kurt Thomas, World Champion Gymnast

Kurt Thomas, the first American male gymnast to win a world championship gold medal has passed away last Friday at 64.

Thomas won the floor exercise in the 1978 World Championships in Strasbourg, France during the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. In 1979 Worlds Championships in Texas, he defended the floor exercise and also took home the gold for the horizontal bar and silver medals in the all-around, pommel horse, and parallel bars.

Let’s take a look back at some of his great achievements throughout his gymnastics career!

Men’s Pommel horse event at the 1978 World Championships (Getty Images)
Kurt Thomas won his first world championship in 1978 (Zuma Press)
1979 gymnastics world championships in Fort Worth, Texas
(Tony Duffy / Getty Images)


Sending hugs and prayers to his family as well as the entire gymnastics community who has lost a true legend.

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