Marie-Sophie Hindermann is the tallest female gymnast to have competed in the Olympic Games, with a height of 5 feet 7 inches. Hindermann competed on the German women's gymnastics team in the 2008 Summer Olympics. She finished in 12th place on the German team during the 2008 Games, and retired from gymnastics competitions in 2012.Continue Reading
Olympic gymnastics is one of the few sports dominated by tiny competitors. Frequently teenagers, gymnasts are usually small because this is an advantage when it comes to performing acrobatic feats such as somersaults and handsprings.
Despite the natural advantage that shorter gymnasts have, some taller gymnasts have seen incredible success in elite competition. Svetlana Khorkina, at 5 feet 5 inches tall, is one of the most decorated female gymnasts of all time. As this height is unusually tall for the sport of gymnastics, Khorkina had to incorporate new moves into her routines that worked with her stature. There are eight moves named after Khorkina in the Artistic Gymnastics Code of Points, which is an unprecedented number for any gymnast.
Khorkina first competed at the Olympic Games in 1996 in Atlanta at 17 years old, winning a gold medal on the uneven bars. Her final Olympic appearance was in Athens in 2004, where she lost out on the gold medal to United States gymnast Carly Patterson.
After retiring from gymnastics, Khorkina went into politics. She has held several positions within national and international gymnastics federations. Despite towering over her competitors, Khorkina is regarded as one of the best gymnasts of the 1990s and early 2000s.Learn more about Olympics