Seventeen Korbut, a Russian gymnast had already won three gold medals (and a silver) at the 1972 Summer Olympics and would go on to win another in a year. She was also the first person to do a standing backward sommersault on bars.
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci competes in the womens gymnastics floor Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, August At Comaneci won the gold medal in the individual standings, with the maximum score of A first in the history of the Olympics.
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci performs a routine on the balance beam during the Summer Olympics, Montreal, Canada Comaneci was awarded seven perfect scores and three gold medals. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)