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Vitaly Scherbo2009

Vitaly Scherbo - Belarus

Vitaly Scherbo
Vitaly Scherbo, Class of 2009, International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

Considered by many as the best male gymnast of all time, Vitaly Scherbo will be remembered as much for his dynamic gymnastics as he will for his outgoing personality. In 1996 one writer described him as "hopelessly extroverted," referring to the gymnast's propensity to openly react unfavorably to scores and to speak his mind.

Prodigies tend to be unique, and Scherbo, who was born Jan. 13, 1972, in Minsk, Belarus, was a genius of gymnastics. He simply loved to win and hated to lose. His frustration with the all-around silver at the 1991 World Championships might well have led to one of the most impressive performances ever.

At the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, Scherbo was nearly untouchable. He dominated the field by winning six of the available eight gold medals, the most titles of any single Olympics gymnastics competition.

The following year he won the world all-around title and two apparatus golds. By the time his career ended in 1996, he had won 10 Olympic medals (six gold) and an incredible 23 world championship medals (12 gold). The latter remains a record today.
Scherbo had no weak event, and won at least one world title on each apparatus. His name is in the Code of Points for a unique vault in which he performs a full twist onto the horse.

After he retired from competition, Scherbo moved to the U.S. with his wife and daughter. In 1998 he opened Vitaly Scherbo School of Gymnastics, a 12,000-square-foot facility in northwest Las Vegas.

Vitaly Scherbo may indeed have been outspoken as an athlete, but his unparalleled results certainly speak for themselves.

Inducted as a member of the Class of 2009

1992 Olympics
Gold: Team, All-Around, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars

1996 Olympics
Bronze: All-Around, Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar

1991 World Championships
Gold: Team
Silver: All-Around, Floor Exercise, Vault
Bronze: Horizontal Bar

1992 World Championships
Gold: Pommel Horse, Rings
Silver: Floor Exercise

1993 World Championships
Gold: All-Around, Vault, Parallel Bars
Silver: Floor Exercise, Vault
Bronze: Horizontal Bar

1994 World Championships
Gold: Floor Exercise, Vault, Horizontal Bar
Bronze: All-Around

1995 World Championships
Gold: Floor Exercise, Parallel Bars
Silver: All-Around
Bronze: Vault

1996 World Championships
Gold: Floor Exercise
Silver: Parallel Bars
Bronze: Horizontal Bar

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