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Meta Elste

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMeta•Elste (Neumann-)
Used nameMeta•Elste
Born16 October 1919 in Bremen, Bremen (GER)
Died30 October 2010 in Park Ridge, Illinois (USA)
AffiliationsTurnverein Vorwärts, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


Meta Eslte immigrated to Chicago when she was only three years old, and began her gymnastics career at age six. She was chosen nine times (1943-52) for AAU All-America honors as a gymnast and managed three national titles, the uneven parallel bars in 1947, floor exercise in 1949, and in 1952, she won the balance beam, breaking Clara Schroth Lomady’s string of 11 straight titles in this event. Elste-Neumann also won over 25 silver and bronze medals in the AAU Championships from 1941-52. She won a National Turners Championship in 1940 while competing for the Lincoln Turners of Chicago. She continued to compete in masters competition for many years, retiring after the 1972 Turners National Turnfest in Milwaukee, where she won the senior ladies AA division.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) USA Meta Elste
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) United States 3 Bronze
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) USA Meta Elste
Individual All-Around, Women (Olympic) 129
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) United States 15
Team Portable Apparatus, Women (Olympic) United States 16
Floor Exercise, Women (Olympic) 76
Horse Vault, Women (Olympic) 131
Uneven Bars, Women (Olympic) =53
Balance Beam, Women (Olympic) =69