The 7 Heaviest Olympic Gymnasts of All Time

Gymnastics competitions have been held at every Summer Olympic Games since the start of the modern Olympic movement in Athens in 1896.

For the last 32 years, only males were permitted to compete. Women were first permitted to compete in artistic gymnastics events at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.

At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, rhythmic gymnastics events were established, while trampoline events were added at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

There are so many Olympic gymnasts with exceptional skills across the world. These gymnasts all have different bodies and our concern here is the list of the heaviest gymnasts of all time. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, read on to learn more!

1. Kohei Uchimura

Kohei Uchimura gymnast

Kohei Uchimura is a Japanese gymnast who was born January 3, 1989. He is a seven-time Olympic medallist (all-around, team, and floor exercise), with three golds and four silvers to his name, as well as a twenty-one-time World medalist (all-around, team, floor exercise, horizontal bar, and parallel bars).

After his success at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, many in the sport considered Uchimura to be the greatest gymnast of all time, but he solidified his position even further by following up that performance with additional and uninterrupted victories at every major competition throughout the next Olympic cycle leading up to his individual all-around gold-medal victory at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Kohei has a body weight of 120 pounds which is quite heavy for a gymnast.

2. Nikolai Andrainov

Nikolai Yefimovich Andrianov was a Soviet and Russian gymnast who was born on October 21, 1952 and died on March 21, 2011. He held the men’s record for most Olympic medals with 15 (7 gold medals, 5 silver medals, 3 bronze medals) until Michael Phelps overtook him in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Andrianov is the third athlete (male or female) with the most Olympic medals, after only Phelps’ 28 and Larisa Latynina, 18. With six individual medals and one team medal, Andrianov won the most medals in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

He also owns the men’s record for the most individual Olympic medals (12) and shares the male record for the most individual Olympic gold medals in gymnastics (6) with Boris Shakhlin and Dmitry Bilozerchev.

His remarkable portfolio is daunting despite his body weight of 132 pounds.

3. Sophie Hindermann

Marie-Sophie Hindermann (born May 26, 1991) is a former artistic gymnast from Germany. Hindermann earned four medals in the junior category at the 2006 European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships, including a silver on vault and bronzes in team, all-around, and uneven bars.

She placed 14th in the all-around and 5th on uneven bars at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Hindermann helped the German team place seventh in the European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2008. 

Also, she participated in all artistic gymnastics events except vault at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She assisted the German team to a 12th-place result in qualifying.

Sophie Hindermann is one of the heaviest women olympic gymnasts with a weight of 112 pounds.

4. Alexei Nemov

Alexei Nemov

Alexei Nemov has earned the most Olympic medals in gymnastics since the dissolution of the Soviet juggernaut gymnastic teams of the 1960s and 1970s.

He was a standout at the Olympic Games in 1996 and 2000, winning two gold, one silver, and three bronze medals each time. He has three individual Olympic gold medals, including the horse vault in 1996 and the all-around and horizontal bar in 2000.

Nemov again competed in 2004, however he was well past his peak at the time, with his best finish being a sixth on the horizontal bar, his greatest event.

Between 1993 and 2002, Nemov won 11 medals at the World Championships, including five individual gold medals. He also took home eight medals at the European Championships, including four gold medals in individual events.

Nemov sits as one of the heaviest Olympic gymnasts with a weight of 165 pounds.

5. Samuel Mikulak

Samuel Anthony Mikulak is a former artistic gymnast from the United States who was born on October 13, 1992. He is a six-time US national all-around champion (2013–2016, 2018–2019), a World bronze winner on high bar in 2018, and a three-time Olympian (2012, 2016, and 2020).

He is also an eight-time NCAA winner, having won the team, individual all-around, and many individual event titles at the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships in 2011, 2013, and 2014. 

Mikulak works out at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Mikulak weighs 142 pounds which earns him a seat amongst the heaviest Olympic gymnasts of all time.

6. Kylie Dickson

Kylie Rei Dickson is a Belarussian artistic gymnast of American origin who was born on February 12, 1999. Dickson began working at Level 10 in 2013.

She qualified for the Junior Olympics and finished eighth on vault. She won the Level 10 Region 8 vault and bars title in 2014. At the 2014 Junior Olympic Nationals, she placed 14th in the all-around competition and won the silver medal on vault. Kylie Dickson has so much more remarkable achievements to her name.

With a body weight of 110 pounds, this female gymnast is definitely one of the heaviest in time with prospects to add more weight. 

7. Igor Cassina

Igor Cassina is an Italian gymnast who won gold on the men’s horizontal bar in Athens during the 2004 Summer Olympics. During his participation in the 2004 Summer Olympics, a mob protested a poor score for a performance by Alexei Nemov of Russia, which lasted fifteen minutes until the score was increased.

Despite the tension, Cassina executed his exercise well, and he won the gold medal against Paul Hamm of the United States, despite the fact that they tied. This gold was also Italy’s 500th medal in the Summer Olympics. He finished fourth in the men’s horizontal bar at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Cassina sits amongst the heaviest Olympic gymnasts of all time with a gross weight of 160 pounds.

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