Top 10 Best Female Gymnasts

The Top Ten
1 Simone Biles

Why is she in eleventh place? Has anyone ever even seen her do her routines? She's amazing! At 4' 8" (she's twenty, I'm eleven, and I'm two and a half inches taller than her!?!), she's incredible and totally the best on this list.

I mean, there's even a commercial about a washer-dryer thing, and it stars Simone Biles. When she closes the washer, a flower vase teeters and falls off a high shelf, smashing on the floor. That's how strong she is! Let's go, Simone, let's go! Let's go, Simone, let's go! Wahoo, fellow girl!

Simone Biles is super hardworking, and there's no one like her. She's my idol, and I want to be just like her. Everybody thinks she's perfect, but I know that inside she's fighting mental health issues.

2 Shawn Johnson

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

Shawn Johnson kept me interested in gymnastics at all times in my life. I love Shawn Johnson. She inspired me in my days watching her do gymnastics.

Better overall gymnast than Shannon and Nastia. Second-best American ever to Simone in my opinion.

3 Lilia Podkopayeva

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

She was like a ballerina on the floor.

4 Simona Amanar
5 Lavinia Milosovici
6 Nadia Comaneci

I agree. I watched those Olympics when I was 9 years old and never forgot them or her. I loved her toughness. She would stare down the bars. I did love her smile, though. She's my most favorite athlete and person, other than my daughters, ever!

No drama and excuses for Nadia. Just hard work, long hours of training, and discipline. Love her style and work ethic! Lots of gymnasts can learn from watching her competitions.

The best gymnast ever still. If Simone shines in her comeback, I will put her over Nadia, but Simone needs to at least compete well at a second Olympics for me.

7 Gabby Douglas

Gabby, when I grow up, I seriously want to be like you. Right now, I'm getting there. I'm in national level 4 regional championships in Victoria, Australia. You are #1 Olympic Champion!

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

Gabby's beautiful. She's an amazing gymnast and has worked so hard to reach her goals. Now she's getting even better than she was. She should be number 1! She's talented and a wonderful, mind-blowing gymnast. She's a true gymnast!

8 Nastia Liukin

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

Should be up with Shawn, if not ahead.

9 Larisa Latynina

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

10 Olga Korbut

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

She performed over 40 years ago and still manages to be an essential part of the sport. She's my favorite gymnast.

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

The Contenders
11 Svetlana Khorkina

While Khorkina may be a horrible person, you cannot deny her athletic talent on all four events.

Way underrated. Below Shannon Miller and Mary Lou Retton? Don't make me laugh.

Should be way higher. The goddess of the sport.

12 Alexandra Raisman
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.

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

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

14 Aliya Mustafina

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

15 Peng Peng Lee

Incredible athlete with the mindset of a Navy Seal! Focused, driven, and task-oriented to get the job done no matter what... not even a broken back, two torn ACLs, a broken wrist, and many other minor injuries could stop her. She never quit!

16 Mary Lou Retton

I remember being a little girl and thinking she was the most talented person ever! She made me want to do what she did, and I got pretty dang good. Nothing near her, but she was definitely an inspiration for many young ladies.

Mary Lou being 2nd on this list is just cute.

17 Laurie Hernandez
18 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!

19 Shannon Miller

Should have won AA gold in the 1992 Olympics. But this brought her back in '96. That BEAM! Wow.

Loved watching Shannon. She was awesome.

20 Věra Čáslavská

First gymnast to achieve perfect 10s at a major competition - she did it twice at the 1967 European Championships. Nine years before Nadia's Olympic feat.

The only gymnast, male or female, ever to have won Olympic gold on every individual event.

21 Bridget Sloan
22 Jordyn Wieber
23 Kerri Strug
24 McKayla Maroney

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, cares about her fans, and is religious. She is amazing.

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.

25 Anna Pavlova
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