Olga Korbut, the Soviet gymnast who charmed the world on the 1972 Munich Olympics, has offered her medal haul and different trophies in a US public sale.
The sale of seven heaps – together with two golds and a silver from the Munich Video games – fetched $183,300 (£147,000) for Korbut. The most costly merchandise was her group gold ($66,000).
Born in Belarus, she moved to the US in 1991. Now 61, she lives in Arizona.
Russia’s Gazeta.ru information experiences that she has had monetary difficulties.
“Medals saved Korbut from starvation,” stated the Gazeta.ru headline.
In 1972, on the top of the Chilly Conflict, Korbut’s breathtaking gymnastics gained hundreds of thousands of admirers within the West when she was simply 17.
Simply 1.5m tall (4ft 11), she was nicknamed “the Sparrow from Minsk”. Her fascinating smile and quirky allure helped to show her into an Olympic legend.
She gained three golds (group, stability beam and flooring train) and a silver on the 1972 Munich Olympics. In 1976 she gained one other gold and a silver on the Montreal Video games.
Heritage Auctions, organiser of the sale, says “there may be hardly a gymnast alive who does not credit score this tiny power of nature for the explosion of the game’s reputation on a worldwide stage”.
The sale objects included one among her efficiency leotards, her 1972 BBC Sports activities Character of the Yr Award, varied Soviet medals and a sports activities journal cowl signed by her.
The Korbut Flip was a spectacular trick that she carried out on the uneven bars – a trick now banned from the Olympics as it’s thought of too harmful.
The flip may be seen on YouTube – it begins with a somersault on the highest bar.
From 1978 to 2000 Korbut was married to Leonid Bortkevich, a well-known Soviet-era folks singer, with whom she moved to the US after the united states’s collapse in 1991. She has a son referred to as Richard.