Nellie Kim
Soviet gymnast
Nellie Kim
Nellie Vladimirovna Kim is a retired Soviet gymnast who won three gold medals and a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics. She was the first woman in Olympic history to earn a perfect 10 score on the vault and the first to earn it on the floor exercise, rivaling Nadia Comăneci, Ludmilla Tourischeva, and other strong competitors of the 1970s.
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Around the Big Sky - Great Falls Tribune
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Nellie Kim Sorenson was identified as one of those who went to help firefighters. Sorenson was listed as a patient in the burn center at the University of Utah Health Care in Salt Lake City. Officials from the hospital did not release her condition
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Aconteceu em 29 de julho - Diário da Rússia
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1957 – Nasce Nellie Kim, ginasta da União Soviética, nascida na então República Soviética do Cazaquistão. Era considerada rival da romena Nadia Comaneci. Conquistou quatro medalhas nas Olimpíadas de Montreal, em 1976, sendo três de ouro (com destaque
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El primer vuelo perfecto - El Paí (España)
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Luego vendrían las lágrimas de Olga Korbut y un 10,00 de Nellie Kim, pero fue Comaneci quien pasó a la historia. Nadia solo logró un 10,00 ese día en ejercicios obligatorios, pero en la jornada de libres repitió en paralelas -con un ejercicio
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Tokyo - Sorteggi mondiali: Italdonne ok, un po' meno la maschile - Agora Magazine
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Alla presenza di entrambi i presidenti dei Comitati tecnici, Nellie Kim (BLR) per le donne, Adrian Stoica (ROU) per gli uomini, i 555 partecipanti complessivi, in rappresentanza di 83 Paesi, sono stati divisi nei vari gironi di qualificazione
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Gimnaştii români vor debuta în subdiviziunea a doua, la CM de la Tokyo - Realitatea
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Tragerea la sorţi de miercuri a avut loc la Hotelul Prince Park Tower, din Tokyo, la ceremonie luând parte şi preşedinţii Comisiilor Tehnice din cadrul FIG, Nellie Kim (feminin), respectiv preşedintele FR Gimnastică, Adrian Stoica (masculin)
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2011 Tokyo World Championships Draw - Inside Gymnastics magazine
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Both Technical Presidents, Adrian Stoica (ROU) for the Men's Committee and Nellie Kim (BLR) for the women will attend. The competition will be the first qualifications' event for the London 2012 Games.The top 8 teams in Tokyo, as well as all Gold,
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TEAMtalk Soccers: Goal of the Season -
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Nani's cross from the right was far from inch perfect, but Rooney flung himself with the grace of Olympic gold-medal winning Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim to arrow the ball into the top corner with an astute overhead kick to leave England keeper Joe Hart
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Records Indicate Chinese Gymnasts May Be Under Age
NYTimes - over 8 years
China named its Olympic women's gymnastics team on Friday, and the inclusion of at least two athletes has further raised questions, widespread in the sport, about whether the host nation for the Beijing Games is using under-age competitors. Chinese officials responded immediately, providing The New York Times with copies of passports indicating
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GOODWILL GAMES; A Winning Comeback For Ivankov of Belarus
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Ivan Ivankov of Belarus is the reigning world all-around champion, but he has much to prove to himself. The true measure of success in gymnastics remains the Olympics. On that count, the 23-year-old Minsk resident has registered a zero. ''The Olympics is the Olympics and nothing will change that,'' he said. Ivankov had just won the European
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nellie Kim
  • 2006
    Age 48
    She helped design the 2006 alteration in the Code of Points, which will end the use of the perfect 10 and introduce uncapped scoring for gymnasts. Some of the main causes for the change were judging scandals at the 2004 Summer Olympics, with Alexei Nemov and other gymnasts involved.
    More Details Hide Details FIG officials, including Nellie Kim and Bruno Grandi, believed that one of the possible ways to prevent such scandal in the future and make the clean execution and artistry the main priorities, was a radical change of the old Code. This move has been controversial among fans and athletes alike. Kim and other FIG officials pointed out that this alteration was designed with the help and advice from FIG member federations and many judges, as have all previous codes. They also underlined that this system will be tested on major international events before final adoption.
  • 2005
    Age 47
    In her 2005 interview Nellie Kim said that unlike her predecessor in the post of the President of the WAG TC, Jackie K. Fie, she does not receive any salary from the federation of the country, represented by her in the FIG.
    More Details Hide Details And therefore she works for the FIG on the basis of pure enthusiasm. She has also been accused by Russian coaches of being biased towards Russian gymnasts, a view she vehemently refutes and criticizes. In 1999 she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She was the subject of a half-hour National Film Board of Canada documentary Nelli Kim, co-directed by Georges Dufaux and Pierre Bernier, which was filmed at the 1976 Summer Games and released in 1978.
  • 2004
    Age 46
    At the FIG Congress held on 22 October 2004 in Antalya, Nellie Kim was elected President of the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee.
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    As President of the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee, she coordinates the introduction of new rules in women's gymnastics, as provided by the new Code of Points, developed by the FIG in 2004–2005 and in effect since 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Her gymnastic appearances are remembered for "her strong feminine, temperamental and charismatic appeal". Nellie Kim was born in Shurab, Tajik SSR, Soviet Union. She is the daughter of a Sakhalin Korean father, Vladimir Kim, and a Tatar mother, Alfiya Safina. Later the family moved to Kazakh SSR, where her father worked in the Chimkent slate factory. At age 9, she entered Chimkent City Children and Youth Sports School 3 of the Spartak Sports Society. Two other children in the family, her younger brother Alexander and her sister Irina, also entered a gymnastics school and trained for some time. Alexander was harassed by his classmates in the secondary school for his small stature and retired from gymnastics in favor of boxing. Irina, whom Nellie Kim considered more talented than she herself was, retired because of the demands of the frequent training sessions.
  • 1996
    Age 38
    In 1996 Kim was elected to the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), and moved to the U.S.A. soon afterwards.
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  • 1990
    Age 32
    Her judging license was suspended by the FIG for a while only once – after the 1990 World Cup due to allegations of cheating and fixing scores.
    More Details Hide Details Despite her suspension, she was judging again in Barcelona. Since 1993 she has been the President of the Judging Committee in Artistic Gymnastics of the Republic of Belarus. Nellie's first marriage was to the fellow gymnast Vladimir Achasov, but this marriage did not last. She met her second husband at the 1980 Olympics, and they had a daughter (also named Nellie) who was born in the mid-1980s. Her second husband was a Soviet cyclist Valery Movchan, 1980 Olympics gold medalist. In the 1990s Kim moved to the U.S. and in 2002 was residing in Minnesota.
  • 1984
    Age 26
    After Nellie Kim's competitive career was over she worked as a coach and a judge. She coached the South Korean, Italian and Belarus national teams. In 1984 Kim became the International Brevet Judge and judged many international competitions, including European Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games.
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  • 1981
    Age 23
    After the Moscow Olympics, Nellie Kim appeared with a roster of other top-class gymnasts at Wembley Arena in January 1981 for a popular exhibition of gymnastic performances on floor and apparatus.
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  • 1980
    Age 22
    In 1980 she won the all-around title at the USSR Championships and successfully competed in the Moscow Olympics, her last competitive performance.
    More Details Hide Details She tied for the gold medal on the floor with Nadia Comăneci, after scoring 9.95 in that event finals, and won gold in the team competition.
  • 1979
    Age 21
    The greatest success came at the 1979 World Championships, where Nellie Kim became the all-around champion, beating Maxi Gnauck, Melita Ruhn and her teammate Maria Filatova.
    More Details Hide Details Her floor exercise routine, choreographed by Galina Savarina, was accompanied by a new piece of music, House of the Rising Sun by Santa Esmeralda, which would also be used one year later at the Olympics.
  • 1976
    Age 18
    After the 1976 Summer Olympics Nellie Kim moved to Byelorussian SSR (joining the Armed Forces sports society in Minsk) and represented her new home on the USSR team.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later Kim successfully competed at the World Championships. She won gold medals on the vault, floor exercise and in the team competition, and placed second in the all-around to Elena Mukhina, overcoming Nadia Comăneci, who fell from the uneven bars, among others.
    At the 1976 Summer Olympics the rivalry between Nellie Kim and Nadia Comăneci became the focal point of the women's gymnastics competition.
    More Details Hide Details Kim's teammates Ludmilla Tourischeva and Olga Korbut, the Olympic champions of Munich, were overcome by the two rising stars in the battle for the gold. Nellie Kim won three gold medals, one in the team competition and two in the event finals: on the vault and floor exercise. Music for her floor routine, choreographed by Valentina Kosolapova, was a fiery Samba, and one of the elements was the double back salto, performed for the first time in Olympic women's events. Kim also won a silver medal in the all-around, receiving the perfect 10 for the Tsukahara vault with the full twist, which was also performed for the first time in Olympic history. She was praised for her feminine beauty and the flamboyant, graceful and intense style. Comaneci won the gold in the all-around, on bars and balance beam. She had a slight lead over Nadia on the other 3 events combined in the all-around but despite being the World bronze medallist on beam Nellie performed very poorly on that apparatus conceding a full 1. to Nadia.
    However, although Nellie Kim also won the 1976 USSR Cup, beating such famous of her compatriots as Olga Korbut and Ludmilla Tourischeva, they were still considered leaders by the media.
    More Details Hide Details Even the Coach Council of the Soviet team failed to define her as the leader. That was a mistake recognized by Soviet experts later.
  • 1975
    Age 17
    Nellie Kim became one of the main medal prospects for the upcoming Olympics and actual leader of the Soviet team after the 1975 Canadian Pre-Olympics Test competition.
    More Details Hide Details At the Test she placed second in the all-around to Nadia Comăneci, but won three golds in the event finals (vault, balance beam, floor exercise), while Comaneci won the remaining one on bars. Larisa Latynina, who had already changed her opinion about Kim earlier, described her gymnastics style as sparkling and cheerful. She also cited a comment by Canadian newspapers about Kim's performance: "There are moments, when a natural smile is more worth, than triumph".
  • 1974
    Age 16
    After a second-place finish at the USSR Cup in August 1974, she was added to the team roster for the World Championships, held in October, where Kim earned the gold medal in the team competition.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, and until 1980, she successfully competed in many top-level international events. Nellie Kim's nickname among USSR teammates and team coaches was "Kimanellie," which she earned, when a trainer Vladislav Rastorotsky called her very quickly: "Kim, Nellie, to the phone!"
  • 1971
    Age 13
    At the 1971 Junior USSR Championships, her first national competition, she placed fifth in the all-around.
    More Details Hide Details The national junior success, as well as senior national and international debuts followed two years later. Kim won the all-around title and two more gold medals at the All-Union Youth Sports Games, placed 8th in the all-around and 1st on the uneven bars at the USSR Cup and won the prestigious Chunichi Cup in Japan.
  • 1969
    Age 11
    One of Kim's earliest successes was her victory in the republican Spartak's competition, held in Chimkent in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, a year later she was said to "have no future" by celebrated gymnast Larisa Latynina. After that verdict, Kim was close to leaving gymnastics but persevered with support from Baidin.
  • 1957
    Born on July 29, 1957.
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