Kurt Thomas

Kurt Thomas

Birth
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Death 5 Jun 2020 (aged 64)
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 210991900 · View Source
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American Athlete. In 1978, he was the winner of the first World Championship gold medal in the history of U.S. gymnastics. Known for his original and daring skills, including the "Thomas Flair" on pommel horse, and the "Thomas Salto" on floor exercise, he won a total of eight world medals, three of them gold, at the 1978 and 1979 World Championships. As a teen, he quickly rose through the ranks of the Jr. Olympic program until he landed a scholarship at Indiana State University. While at Indiana State, Thomas earned 13 All-America honors. In 1975, he won five medals at the Pan-American Games. After competing in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Thomas won the floor exercise in the 1978 world championships in Strasbourg, France, for the first U.S. men's title. The following year at Fort Worth, Texas, he successfully defended the floor exercise title and won the horizontal bar. When the 1980 Olympic boycott was announced, Thomas decided to go pro and later went on to star in the 1985 movie 'Gymkata,' which received mostly negative reviews but has since developed a cult following. He also worked as an ABC Sports analyst during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2003. Thomas died from complications from a stroke he suffered on May 24, which was caused by a tear in the basilar artery in his brain stem.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Originally Created by: Louis du Mort
  • Added: 6 Jun 2020
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