the international Olympic Committee has awarded a nine-time Olympic champion in gymnastics Larisa Latynina for contribution to the development of the Olympic movement. The accomplished athlete received the award at a meeting of the Olympic Committee of Russia, held in Moscow.
the Initiator of the award Latynina became the President of the IOC Thomas Bach. In December, Larissa Semenovna the age of 85 years, and the IOC decided to celebrate her contribution to the Olympic movement. A long time nine Olympic gold medals was unsurpassed achievement.
Larisa Latynina competed in three Olympic games, and each of them won gold medals. In 1956 in Melbourne, the Soviet gymnast won the all-around in the individual and team tournaments and took first place in the floor exercise and vault. Four years later in Rome Latynina also became the absolute champion and won in the team tournament, and also won floor exercise. In 1964 in Tokyo Larissa S. won the gold medal in the floor exercise in the team competition.