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Maxi Gnauck (GDR)

1980 Olympic AA Silver Medalist
3-Time World UB Champion

Medal Total

Olympic Games:  1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
World Championships:  5 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze
World Cup:  3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
European Championships:  5 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze

Maxi was born on October 10, 1964 in Berlin.  Her parents were expecting a boy (they planned to name him Max), so when the baby turned out to be a girl, an "i" was added to the name.  Maxi's mother brought her to a gymnastics center in their neighborhood when Maxi was 5.  By age 8, Maxi had won her first medals at the Kreisspartakiade, and at age 9 she transferred to SC Dynamo Berlin where she was coached by Jurgen Heritz.  Considered one of the best UB workers of her time, Maxi was also a super tumbler.  She was one of the first girls to perform a triple twist on FX.  

Maxi officially announced her retirement in April 1986 and began studying to become a coach.  In 1988, while working as an aide at a children's summer camp by the Baltic Sea, Maxi was severely injured while sliding down a water slide.  She broke her C5 vertebra and was nearly paralyzed.  Three vertebrae were later reinforced with a metal plate.  

Since 1993 Maxi has worked as a full-time coach at the Norderstedt Gymnastics Center in Hamburg.  She was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2000, the first German gymnast to be awarded that honor.  


 
Competition Results
 
1977
GDR Children's Spartakiade:  1st AA
GDR Junior Championships:  5th AA
Jr. GDR-TCH Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
Jr. Friendship Tournament (Druzhba):  19th AA
 
1978
Chunichi Cup:  4th AA
Cottbus International: 3rd AA, 2nd V
DTV Cup:  5th AA
GDR-HUN Dual Meet:  1st Team, 3rd AA
Jr. Friendship Tournament (Druzhba):  2nd Team, 3rd AA, 2nd FX, 4th UB, 6th V
 
1979
Cottbus International:  1st AA
European Championships:  6th AA, 2nd V, 3rd UB
GDR Championships:  2nd AA
GDR Cup:  4th AA
GDR-NOR-SWE Tri-Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
World Championships (Fort Worth):  3rd Team, 2nd AA, 1st UB, 4th FX, 6th V, 6th UB
 
1980
Cottbus International:  1st AA, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st FX
GDR Championships:  4th AA
GDR-HUN Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
Olympic Games:  3rd Team, 2nd AA, 1st UB, 3rd FX, 4th B, 6th V
World Cup:  2nd AA, 1st UB, 1st FX, 6th V
 
1981
Cottbus International:  1st AA, 1st UB, 1st FX, 2nd V, 2nd B
European Championships:  1st AA, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st FX, 2nd V
GDR Championships:  1st AA
GDR-NOR-SWE Tri-Meet:  1st AA
World Championships (Moscow):  3rd Team, 77th AA (prelims), 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B 
 
1982
GDR Championships:  1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st FX
GDR-HUN Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
World Cup:  5th AA, 1st UB, 3rd FX, 7th V
 
1983
Chunichi Cup:  4th AA, 1st FX
Cottbus International:  1st V, 1st FX, 3rd AA
Tokyo Cup:  1st UB, 1st FX
World Championships (Budapest):  3rd Team, 7th AA, 1st UB, 4th V, 4th B
 
1984
Cottbus International:  4th AA, 1st V, 1st FX
CSSR Spartakiade (Olomouc):  3rd AA, 1st UB, 1st FX, 3rd V, 5th B
DTB Cup:  1st AA, 1st UB, 1st FX, 2nd V, 5th B
GDR Championships:  1st AA, 1st UB, 1st FX, 3rd V
 
1985
Cottbus International:  2nd AA, 1st FX, 2nd V
European Championships:  2nd AA, 1st UB, 4th V

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