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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(s) 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 Status Team Pos Details
1956 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 7 Representing Soviet Union    
  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) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 11 Representing Soviet Union    
  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 Details
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Armenia    
2008 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Armenia    

Olympic family relations

Special Notes