Top 10 Best Female Gymnasts

The Top Ten

1 Simone Biles

You gotta love Simone. She is not only the best gymnast in the world but she's warm hearted, kind caring and funny. She deserves everything she has ever won. As they say, it's biles by miles!

Her determination, drive, and amazing skills and personality make her the one to watch.

When even the best gymnasts say you are the best ever, that carries a lot of weight.

She is absolutely amazing; she has the most difficult floor routine of a time!

2 Nadia Comaneci Nadia Comaneci

Not just the Greatest Gymnast of all time, most likely the Greatest Athlete of all time.


Simply the best!

Nadia Comaneci will be the best for ever

3 Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton is amazing

Mary Lou being 2nd on this is just cute. - feisty37

4 Shawn Johnson

She is the best and is a great role model.

In her prime she was nearly unbeatable. The only loss she had without making a mistake was the Beijing AA with controversial judging, and was the uneven skew in A scoring for bars.

Such a great gymnast. Too bad she didn't have a longer career. - quackerpacker

Better overall gymnast than Shanon and Nastia. 2nd best American ever to Simone in my opinion. - morrislawes

5 Anna Pavlova

She sucks, not sure why she is on this. - morrislawes

Pavlova being this high is offensive. Even at her best she could never do better than 3rd or 4th place on anything. - feisty37

6 Svetlana Khorkina

Should be way higher. The goddess of the sport.

Way underrated. Below Shannon Miller and Mary Lour Retton, don't make me laugh.

7 Shannon Miller

Loved watching Shannon. She was Awesome

No way Shannon should be over Shawn or Nastia. - quackerpacker

Overrated! - morrislawes

8 Aliya Mustafina

Powerful + artistry = Mustafina

She is such a refined person and gymnast. I love her grace and power.

Shes so goals!

She is gymnastics Queen 🥇

9 Dominique Dawes

I love her, she is such an inspiring gymnast and definitely one of my favorites. She deserves this spot on the top 10, after all her hard work. AWESOME DAWSOME!

10 Nastia Liukin

Shawn is ahead of Nastia since even though Nastia is a bit more decorated due to a longer career Shawn usually kicked her ass when they competed head to head in 2007-2008. - morrislawes

Should be up with Shawn, if not ahead.

Shawn was always overscored. Nastia was much better then Shawn, yet somehow Shawn is still ahead.

How is Shawn ahead of Nastia?


The Contenders

11 Lilia Podkopayeva

Had she not gotten injured she likely wins at least 3 world AA titles and defends her Olympic AA title in 2000.

She was like a ballerina on the floor. - feisty37

12 Larisa Latynina

Larisa Semyonovna Latynina was from southern Ukraine, USSR. Between 1956 and 1964 she won 14 individual Olympic medals and four team medals. She holds the record for the most Olympic gold medals by a gymnast, male or female, with 9. Her total of 18 Olympic medals was a record for 48 years (Michael Phelps; 2012).She held the record for individual event medals with 14 for 52 years (Michael Phelps; 2016).
Additionally, within the sport of gymnastics, she is the only woman who has won an all-around medal in more than two Olympiads and the only woman who has won an individual event (floor exercise) in more than two Olympiads.

The second greater Olympian after Michael Phelps (18 medals, 9 of them gold).

13 Dina Kochetkova

Most underrated Russian gymnast of all time. Should have won the AA at 94 worlds and 96 Olympics with fair judging, and deserved at least silver on bars at 94 worlds.

Was really the best in the world in her era on bars, beam, and floor. So underrated by judges and politics.

Such a classy, clean, consistent, elegant, yet powerful gymnast. Way underrated and underappreciated in her career.

Beautiful gymnast, and very underrated. - morrislawes

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14 Olga Korbut

Olga Korbut was simply the most charismatic gymnast ever. This survey is too focused on current gymnasts to give Olga her due.

The most charming, the changes this sport forever

Wait, 25? I certainly think that Korbut deserves to be way higher...she is amazing!

15 Alexandra Raisman

She is amazing and awesome and she should be #1


Aly is an inspiration to everyone with her motto of hard work

In my option aly should be second. Then mckayla maroney 3rd.

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16 Dominique Moceanu

She should be higher up there I mean come on 14 years old at the olympics, wow deserves more.

17 Simona Amanar

She should be in the top ten.

18 Lavinia Milosovici
19 Laurie Hernandez

She is my all time fave

I love her smile

20 Peng Peng Lee

She is incredible

So elegant and powerful

Did you see all her titles
PAC 12 scoloar athlete
NCAA champion on beam
NCAA champion with team
And that’s just this year
Oh did I mention they are making a movie about her
She tore her ACL recoved, found it has gone had repair surgery and won all these things
She went from almost being paralyzed in high school to becoming a world known champion

Peng tore her ACL two times and still managed to bring UCLA a NCAA championship ring 💍

21 Věra Čáslavská

She was one of the greatest.

22 Morgan Smith
23 Bridget Sloan
24 Jordyn Wieber
25 Ecaterina Szabo

Best ever

26 McKayla Maroney

After we all found out what she went through while competing, I think she showed what courage,and strength are all about. And she rocked our world when she vaulted

The Queen Of Vault forever. She is the best vaulter but she's amazing on the other events too. Also she is so down to earth and cares about her fans and religious. She is amazing.

Not impressed! She got Obama to pull the face too!

She is so damn sexy.

27 Kyla Ross

She definitely deserves to be on this list! She never stopped doing gymnastics after the Olympics when the other half of her stopped for 2 full years and then came back! She definitely deserves some recognition!

28 Rebecca Bross

She was my favorite gymnast for years! I am so glad that she is number 12 on the list.

29 Kerri Strug

Did vault with a broken ankle and won gold for her team

30 Cheng Fei


31 Yelena Shushunova
32 Viktoria Komova
33 Daniela Silivas

She is awesome

Nobody dominated 3 events- bars, beam, and floor, all at once, like she did.

Overscored her whole career, especialy on vault. So many gift titles- all 3 of her world golds at the 89 worlds, her 88 floor title which should have gone to one of the Bulgarians, her 87 bars title which should have gone to Shushunova. - morrislawes

34 Karin Janz
35 Charlotte Mackie
36 Natalia Shaposhnikova
37 Mo Huilan

If they did not rip her off for her double twisting Yurchenko during the AA, Mo Huilan would have been the Olympic Champion instead of Lilia P. Her DTY was the best of her time... Textbook. And she had the most difficult bar routine in the World with the Gaylord. The Gaylord is a G skill on a scale of A to G. She also had very difficult FX and BB routines. - Rexbrooks

38 Chellsie Memmel
39 Stella Umeh
40 Lori Strong

I have honestly only ever heard of her since I am Canadian. Otherwise I am sure she would be a complete mystery to me. - feisty37

41 Liz Tricase

Who is this? - feisty37

42 Samantha Shapiro
43 Gael Mackie
44 Shallon Olsen
45 Gabby Douglas Gabby Douglas

She is my hero her and simon bills

Gabby's great and pushed through tough times Gabby's proven that shes one of the best and deserves her rewards

She is amazing and she was one of the best in the world and she will all was be the one of the best

Gabby Douglas is the best of all times. The first gymnast to win the all-around and the team at the same time she made history and broke all records. Love her

46 Catalina Ponor

This girl had it all! She was the best Gymnast of the 2004 Olympics!

47 Vanessa Ferrari

The best Italian gymnast :) her floor is fantástic she made 2 olympic games!

48 Cristina Bontas
49 Olga Mostepanova
50 Natalia Yurchenko
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