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Boundbooks ([personal profile] boundbooks) wrote2011-10-02 10:25 pm

10 Nellie Kim Icons for Chromicons

10 icons from [community profile] chromicons Seven Week Challenge. Round 4: Rainbow Challenge

I first heard about Nellie Kim over at [community profile] multibeautiful. To quote [personal profile] nanila's post: "Nellie Kim was a half-Sakhalin Korean, half-Tatar Soviet gymnast. She won five gold medals in 1976 and 1980 and was considered one of the most elegant and expressive performers on the floor. She was the first woman to perform the full twisting Tsukahara vault in Olympic competition in the 1976 Olympics." In addition, she "was the first woman in Olympic history to earn a perfect 10 score on the vault and the first to earn it on the floor exercise." (Wikipedia) After her retirement from Olympic competition at age twenty-three, Nellie went on to become an international and Olympic judge, and led the 2004 overhaul of the Olympic gymnastic scoring criteria.

I picked Nellie Kim for this round after seeing the post on [community profile] multibeautiful. For me, it's rare enough to find other half-Asian people, nevermind finding a half-Asian legendary international gymnast. I'm glad that I found out about Nellie Kim. In my search for images, I came across a rather poignant blog post, MotleySu: Ode to a Gymnastics Queen (August 2008), in which the author talks about what seeing Nellie Kim meant to her as a half-Korean girl in the 1970s.

For more current information about Nellie Kim and her career, check out the following: International Gymnast Online Interview - Nellie Kim (Belarus/FIG) (June 2010)


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