Viktor Chukarin

WW2 Prisoner-of-War,1st Soviet Gymnastic Hero, 11-time Olympic medalist

Category Data
Full Name Viktor Ivanovych Chukarin
Used Name Viktor Chukarin
Original Name Віктор Іванович Чукарін
Other Names Viktor Ivanovich Chukarin; Виктор Иванович Чукарин
Born 9 November 1921; Krasnoarmeyskoye-Krym (UKR)
Died 25 August 1984; Lviv-Lviv (UKR)
Affiliations Iskra Lvov / Burevestnik Lvov
Ethnic Nation UKR
Year-Games Sport Event Place Medals
1952 Summer Gymnastics Individual All-Around 1 Gold
Team All-Around 1 Gold
Floor Exercise =29
Horse Vault 1 Gold
Parallel Bars 2 Silver
Horizontal Bar 5
Rings 2 Silver
Pommelled Horse 1 Gold
1956 Summer Gymnastics Individual All-Around 1 Gold
Team All-Around 1 Gold
Floor Exercise =2 Silver
Horse Vault =7
Parallel Bars 1 Gold
Horizontal Bar =4
Rings =7
Pommelled Horse 3 Bronze
Medals Number
Gold 7
Silver 3
Bronze 1
Total 11

Viktor Chukarin was a former World War II prisoner-of-war, who was 30-years-old when the USSR first competed at the Olympic Games in 1952. Despite these handicaps, he dominated the gymnastics competition in Helsinki, winning the all-around title in addition to taking gold in the team event and four medals in the individual apparatus events – gold on the pommelled horse and horse vault, and silver on the parallel bars and rings. In 1956, he successfully defended his all-around title and added two more gold, one as a member of the winning team, a silver and a bronze medal to bring his tally of Olympic medals to a then record total of 11. His 1956 individual medals were as follows: gold – all-around, parallel bars, team; silver – floor exercises; and bronze – pommelled horse. He was also World Champion in 1954 in the all-around and parallel bars and, after retiring, became head of gymnastics at the L’viv Institute of Physical Culture in his native Ukraine.

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