Erika Zuchold, who was one of most prominent gymnasts of her time, has passed away at the age of 68.

The former German gymnast suddenly died on the 22nd of August in Paraguay, the country which she immigrated to two months ago.

Zuchold is the winner of five Olympic and World championships medals. She is credited as being the first woman to compete the flick-flack element on balance beam at a Worlds or Olympics as well as being one of the first two women, along with Věra Čáslavská at the 1968 Olympics, to compete a front handspring on balance beam.

She was married to German cyclist Dieter Zuchold who died last year.


Earlier this year, former Russian gymnasts Natalia Bobrova and Maria Kryuchkova have lost their lives.


Written By Gigi Farid

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