Albert AZARYAN

Soviet Union SUN

Artistic Gymnastics

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Melbourne 1956
  • Year of Birth
    1929
Olympic Results

Biography

Albert AZARYAN

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.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rome 1960

#11
Individual All-Around
Individual All-Around Gymnastics
S
Team All-Around
Team All-Around Gymnastics
#=24 QR
Floor Exercise
Floor Exercise Gymnastics
#14 QR
Horse Vault
Horse Vault Gymnastics
#=46 QR
Parallel Bars
Parallel Bars Gymnastics
#7 QR
Horizontal Bar
Horizontal Bar Gymnastics
G
Rings
Rings Gymnastics
#=30 QR
Pommelled Horse
Pommelled Horse Gymnastics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Melbourne 1956

#7
Individual All-Around
Individual All-Around Gymnastics
G
Team All-Around
Team All-Around Gymnastics
#40
Floor Exercise
Floor Exercise Gymnastics
#=11
Horse Vault
Horse Vault Gymnastics
#5
Parallel Bars
Parallel Bars Gymnastics
#8
Horizontal Bar
Horizontal Bar Gymnastics
G
Rings
Rings Gymnastics
#=12
Pommelled Horse
Pommelled Horse Gymnastics