***Happy Birthday, Maxi Gnauck…!!!***
She is a retired artistic gymnast. With a total of 27 medals at the Olympic Games,World Championships, World Cups, and European Championships she is considered one of the most successful woman gymnast that Germany has ever produced. In 1980 she was selected East German Sportspersonality of the Year. She was one of the first female gymnasts to perform a triple twist on floor.
In April 1986, Maxi officially announced her retirement and began a four-year course in sports coaching at the University of Leipzig. In 1988 she was severely injured while sliding down a waterslide while working as an aid at a children’s summer camp by the Baltic Sea.
From 1993 until 2004 she worked as a full-time coach at the Harksheide Gymnastics Center in Norderstedt near Hamburg. Since 2005 she has worked at the Artistic and Apparatus Gymnastics Center at Liestal in Switzerland. In 2000, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She is the first German gymnast to be awarded that honor.