The article has been updated on December 10th.

Here are the Top thirteen most successful World all arounders at World championships since its beginning in 1934.


(A Gold and A Bronze)

Vanessa Ferrari
A gold and a bronze

In 2006, Vanessa won Italy's first all around gold medal at World championships. That gold medal win was controversial since Ferrari won with a fall over those who did not. It was also the first Worlds under the new CoP. 

The following year, Vanessa took the bronze medal at World championships' all around competition and just like the previous Worlds, she won a medal with a fall.

Since that, Vanessa hasn't been highly competitive in the all around at major competitions, it was also the last time for her to win a medal at Worlds up until the 2013 World championships where she won a silver medal on floor.

Vanessa is also the 2007 European all around champion and, 2005 and 2013 Mediterranean games all around champion. 

Aliya Mustafina
A gold and a bronze

Mustafina easily claimed the gold medal at 2010 World championships. It was the first all around medal at Worlds for Russia since 2003.

An Acl tear in 2011 prevented Aliya from having a chance to compete to defend her title at 2011 Worlds. At 2013 Worlds she won the bronze medal, although she was sick and had knee pain.

It is widely believed that Aliya will not stop at 'a gold and a bronze" and will continue earning medals at Worlds' all around competitions.

Mustafina is the 2013 European and Universiade games all around champion.

Helena Rakoczy
A gold and a bronze

Only in the early years of women's gymnastics Poland was on the gym map. During these years, Helena Rakoczy managed to be one the most successful all arounders at World championships.

She won the gold medal at 1950 Worlds and the bronze medal at 1954. (note that at that time Worlds were held every four years).

Rakoczy is the most decorated female or male Polish gymnast, additionally she is one of the few gymnasts who managed to win a medal in each individual finals at World championships. (gold: all around, beam. vault, floor and bronze on bars- note that she won another two bronze medals, one on bars again and the other in the all around) .

Rakoczy was the first female all around gold medalist at Worlds from Poland but not the first World all around medalist since her compatriot J. Skirklinska preceded her with a bronze medal at 1934 Worlds.


A Gold And A Silver

Vera Caslavska
A gold and a silver

In 1962, Caslavska settled for silver after losing the gold to Soviet Larisa Latynina. Four years later(the following Worlds), she managed to win her first and only all around World gold medal.

Vera is one of the most successful gymnast of all time. She is the most decorated Czech gymnast in history and is one of only two female gymnasts, along with Soviet Larisa Latynina, to win two all around Olympic titles. Vera also is two time European all around champion.

Svetlana Boguinskaya
Soviet Union
A gold and a silver

After settling for a bronze medal in the all around at 1988 Olympics, Svetlana Bogiunskaya managed to win a gold in the event at 1989 Worlds but at the following Worlds she lost the gold medal to Kim Zmeskal who became the first U.S gymnast to win an all around World title.

Boguinskaya is the last Soviet gymnast to win a medal at World all around competitions. She is also two time all around European champion.

Nellie Kim
Soviet Union
A gold and a silver
1978 - 1979

Nellie Kim who is known for being president of the WAG technical committee, made this list as she is a winner of two World all around medals, a silver in 1978 and a gold in 1979.

Kim is two time European all around medalist, a silver in 1975 and a bronze in 1977.

Elena Shushunova
Soviet Union
A gold and a silver

Elena Shushunova tied her teammate Oksana Omelianchik for the gold at the 1985 World all around competition. This was the first and only time that two gymnasts tie for gold in an all around world competition in the sport.

The following year, Shushunova lost the gold to Aurelia Dobre, the first Romanian all around World gold medalist, and settled for a silver.

Shushunova is one of the few gymnasts who are the winners of the all around gold at the Olympics, Worlds and Europeans.


Two Golds

Shannon Miller
Two golds
1993 -1994

Shannon Miller was the first female or male U.S gymnast to win two World all around titles. Miller was also the first female U.S gymnast to win an all around medal at a non boycott Olympics, in 1992.

She is regarded as the best gymnast, the United States has ever produced. The winner of a combined total of 16 World Championships and Olympic medals between 1991 and 1996, ranking her as the most decorated US gymnast, male or female

Ludmilla Turicheva 
Soviet Union
Two golds
1970 - 1974

Turicheva is 1 of only 2 women (Yelena Shushunova being the other) who have won the grand slam of all-around titles: Olympics, World Championships, World Cup, and European Championships.

Turicheva is not only two time World all around champion but also two time European all around champion. She 
was also known for her gracious manner.

Vlasta Dakanova
Two golds
1934 - 1938

Dakanova was the first World all around champion and most certainly the first female gymnast to win two consecutive world all around champion.

She is also the 1938 balance beam, parallel bars and vault champion.

Vlasta who was born in 1909, died in 1974 at the age of  65.

Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union
Two golds
1958 - 1962

Latynina was the first female or male Soviet gymnast to win two World all around titles. Just like her compatriots Shushunova and Ludmila, she is one of the few gymnasts to have won the gold all around medal at Olympics, Worlds and Europeans.

She won her first World all around title while being pregnant with her daughter.

Latynina is two time European champion and the most decorated female athlete at Olympic games.

Simone Biles
Three golds
2013, 2014 and 2015

In 2013, US Simone Biles became the first black gymnast to win an all around World title and did not stop at that as she repeated her victory twice in the next two years.

Biles is the first US  gymnast to win three World all around titles as well as one of the only two American gymnasts to win more than one all around title at Worlds, the first being Shannon Miller in 1993 and 1994. She is also the first female gymnast to win three consecutive World all around titles.


Three Golds and A Silver

Svetlana Khorkina

Svetlana is the most successful World all around female gymnast and was the most successful female or male World all around gymnast until she was beaten by Japan's Kohie Uchimura in 2013.

Khorkina won silver in 1995 and golds in 1997,2001 and 2003. She is also the most successful all around gymnast at European championship 


Other gymnasts who won more than one medal at the all around

Eva Bosakova of Czechoslovakia, two silvers in 1954 and 1958.

Lavinia Milosovici of Romania, a silver in 1994 and a bronze in 1995. (she is the only Romanian gymnast to have won two medals At World all around competition).

Rebecca Bross of U.S, a silver in 2009 and a bronze in 2010.

Kyla Ross of USA, a silver in 2013 and a bronze in 2014.

Larisa Iordache of Romania, silver in 2014 and bronze in 2015

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid

Photo by Sing Lo



WOGymnastikA is a blog turned website which brings you the latest updates on women’s artistic gymnastics as well as exclusive interviews with your favorite gymnasts. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us on .


Post A Comment: