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Albert Azaryan

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAlbert•Azaryan
Used nameAlbert•Azaryan
Original nameԱլբէրտ•Ազարյան
Other namesAlbert Vagharshakovich Azaryan, Альберт Вагаршакович Азарян
Born11 March 1929 in Gəncə (AZE)
Measurements174 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsSpartak Yerevan, Yerevan (ARM)
NOC Armenia Soviet Union
Ethnic nationARM

Biography

Albert Azaryan was the first “lord of the rings”, reigning supremely in that gymnastic event. The Armenian won a gold medal in the rings at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics, the 1954 and 1958 World Championships and the 1955 European Championships, adding several more medals in team events. His perhaps biggest legacy is the Azaryan cross, in which the gymnast hangs straight with his arms stretched, like a crucifix. Azaryan was the first gymnast to perform this move, which was named for him.

Albert’s son Eduard was also a gymnast, winning a gold medal with the Soviet team at the 1980 Games. In 2004, Armenia honoured Azaryan by allowing him to carry the country’s flag during the opening ceremonies, 44 years after his last Olympic appearance.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) URS Albert Azaryan
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 7
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 1 Gold
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 40
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =11
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 5
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 8
Rings, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =12
1960 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) URS Albert Azaryan
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 11
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 2 Silver
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =24 r1/2
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 14 r1/2
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =46 r1/2
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 7 r1/2
Rings, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =30 r1/2

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony ARM Albert Azaryan
2008 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony ARM Albert Azaryan

Olympic family relations

Special Notes

Research notes

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Created: Paul Tchir at July 16, 2020 04:19, Last edited: Paul Tchir at July 16, 2020 04:19