Albert Azaryan to be honored by the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

Four international gymnastics legends will be honored at the 17th annual International Gymnastics Hall of Fame (IGHOF) ceremony on May 18, 2013, at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City.

The class of 2013 honorees includes:

  • Albert Azaryan (Armenia), winner of four Olympic medals –three gold – in 1956 and 1960, and winner of five World Championship medals.
  • Lyubov Burda (Russia), 1968 and 1972 Olympic Gold medalist and 1970 team World Champion and bronze medalist on the vault.
  • Gina Gogean (Romania), winner of five Olympic medals at 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and winner of 15 World Championship medals.
  • Yuri Korolev (Russia), most decorated non-Olympic gymnast, including 13 medals – nine gold – across four World Championships (1981, ’83, ’85 and ’87).

“We’re thrilled to honor these four gymnastics icons who have won a total of 11 Olympic and 35 World Championship medals together,” Bart Conner, Chairman of the IGHOF board, said.

Over the past 16 years, 79 of gymnastics greatest stars and contributors, representing 20 countries, have been formally inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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