Those who aren’t Gym Nerds tend to assume elite gymnasts only come pocket-sized and the Olympics are only a one time shot. While female gymnasts are arguably shorter than the average American adult woman, who is 5’3.8″according to the National Center for Health Statistics, what do the gymnastics facts say? GymCastic crew members, Taylor Anderson and Steven Leip compiled the repeats, heights and ages of Olympic gymnasts since 1972, and here’s what we found:
- Over 25% are 5’3″ or taller, very near or above the national average.
- At 4’6.5″ and age 14 in Atlanta, Dominique Moceanu was both the shortest and youngest Olympian on our list.
- At 5’4″ and age 18 in Munich, Joan Moore (Ashleigh Gnat’s mom) was the tallest, but not the oldest Olympian, on our list.
- There is no clear correlation between height and age.
- Since 1936 there have been 20 repeat Olympians for the United States. Out of these 20, 3 have been alternates once.
15 women were named to two teams in a row.
The two remaining gymnasts competed at 3 consecutive Olympic Games.