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Kurt Thomas 1978 Worlds EF Floor
Kurt Thomas 1978 Worlds EF Floor
Published: 2012/08/16
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Kurt Thomas 1979 World Championships
Kurt Thomas 1979 World Championships
Published: 2008/02/05
Channel: saltocafe
Kurt Thomas - Pommel Horse - 1992 Phar-Mor U.S. Championships - Men
Kurt Thomas - Pommel Horse - 1992 Phar-Mor U.S. Championships - Men
Published: 2012/11/29
Channel: USA Gymnastics
gymnastics at kurt thomas gymnastics
gymnastics at kurt thomas gymnastics
Published: 2014/09/16
Channel: Kassidy Thomas
KURT THOMAS FLARES
KURT THOMAS FLARES
Published: 2012/09/30
Channel: mikeyice100
Kurt Thomas - PH (1976)
Kurt Thomas - PH (1976)
Published: 2008/11/12
Channel: igorgymn1
Banned skill -- thomas + full
Banned skill -- thomas + full
Published: 2007/11/06
Channel: GeoffTaucer
2017 Kurt Thomas Invitational - Rylie Bright Finals Floor Routine (9.800)
2017 Kurt Thomas Invitational - Rylie Bright Finals Floor Routine (9.800)
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: Rylie Bright
F 1978 American Cup   USA Kurt Thomas R
F 1978 American Cup USA Kurt Thomas R
Published: 2016/02/20
Channel: gymnasticsstuff
F 1978 American Cup   USA Kurt Thomas FX
F 1978 American Cup USA Kurt Thomas FX
Published: 2016/02/20
Channel: gymnasticsstuff
Kurt Thomas - 1992 US Olympic Trials High Bar
Kurt Thomas - 1992 US Olympic Trials High Bar
Published: 2011/02/12
Channel: crushedvelvetleo
Adria Biles Beam at 2014 Kurt Thomas
Adria Biles Beam at 2014 Kurt Thomas
Published: 2014/11/05
Channel: Ronald Biles
Kurt Thomas - Vignette - 1992 Phar-Mor U.S. Championships - Men
Kurt Thomas - Vignette - 1992 Phar-Mor U.S. Championships - Men
Published: 2012/11/29
Channel: USA Gymnastics
AA 1991 US Championships   Kurt Thomas FX
AA 1991 US Championships Kurt Thomas FX
Published: 2017/09/04
Channel: gymnasticsstuff
Kurt Thomas, Class of 2003, International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
Kurt Thomas, Class of 2003, International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
Published: 2010/12/07
Channel: International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
F 1978 American Cup   USA Kurt Thomas PH
F 1978 American Cup USA Kurt Thomas PH
Published: 2016/02/20
Channel: gymnasticsstuff
Kurt Thomas Meet //Gymnastics//
Kurt Thomas Meet //Gymnastics//
Published: 2012/03/24
Channel: CGymnastics123
Chelsi floor Kurt Thomas Classic
Chelsi floor Kurt Thomas Classic
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: Chelsigymnast
Kurt Thomas Infomercial
Kurt Thomas Infomercial
Published: 2008/01/13
Channel: Helmer and Rawlins
Stella Margo--Kurt Thomas Gymnastics
Stella Margo--Kurt Thomas Gymnastics
Published: 2016/06/10
Channel: steve margo
WTF Kurt Thomas Gymnastics America Show at Sea World Part 1
WTF Kurt Thomas Gymnastics America Show at Sea World Part 1
Published: 2010/06/06
Channel: wtfgymnasticsvideos
Kurt Thomas 2015 Floor - 9.55 (Gold Medal)
Kurt Thomas 2015 Floor - 9.55 (Gold Medal)
Published: 2016/05/20
Channel: Emily Scott
Floor 9.5 - Kurt Thomas Invitational (Feb 25, 2017)
Floor 9.5 - Kurt Thomas Invitational (Feb 25, 2017)
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: Victoria Henry - Level 10 Gymnast / Class of 2020
Floor level 10 Kathleen York: Kurt Thomas Gymnastics
Floor level 10 Kathleen York: Kurt Thomas Gymnastics
Published: 2011/03/03
Channel: KTgymnastforlife
Kurt Thomas Invitational 2-25-2017 Floor
Kurt Thomas Invitational 2-25-2017 Floor
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: Bella Scalapino
Super Lynz
Super Lynz's gymnastics
Published: 2007/04/11
Channel: saltocafe
Kurt Thomas - Interview - 1992 Phar-Mor U.S. Championships - Men
Kurt Thomas - Interview - 1992 Phar-Mor U.S. Championships - Men
Published: 2012/11/29
Channel: USA Gymnastics
thomas flair
thomas flair
Published: 2008/08/14
Channel: mishielicious
Milana floor Kurt Thomas 2015
Milana floor Kurt Thomas 2015
Published: 2015/02/09
Channel: Lynn Cable
Kurt Thomas Invitational 2017
Kurt Thomas Invitational 2017
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Ale Rutenis
WTF Kurt Thomas Gymnastics America Show at Sea World Part 2
WTF Kurt Thomas Gymnastics America Show at Sea World Part 2
Published: 2010/06/06
Channel: wtfgymnasticsvideos
Maddie Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Meet March 2013 Beam
Maddie Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Meet March 2013 Beam
Published: 2013/03/03
Channel: Mark Euckert
1978 Champions All gymnastics Turnbow Neacsu Thomas Deltchev
1978 Champions All gymnastics Turnbow Neacsu Thomas Deltchev
Published: 2015/03/05
Channel: MizMamie
Maddie Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Meet March 2013 Floor
Maddie Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Meet March 2013 Floor
Published: 2013/03/03
Channel: Mark Euckert
Maddie Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Meet March 2013 Bars
Maddie Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Meet March 2013 Bars
Published: 2013/03/03
Channel: Mark Euckert
Macie Miller 2017 Gymnastics Level 10 Kurt Thomas Invitational 2013 Beam
Macie Miller 2017 Gymnastics Level 10 Kurt Thomas Invitational 2013 Beam
Published: 2013/06/18
Channel: Macie Miller Gymnast
Uneven Bars 9.05 - Kurt Thomas Invitational (Feb. 25, 2017)
Uneven Bars 9.05 - Kurt Thomas Invitational (Feb. 25, 2017)
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: Victoria Henry - Level 10 Gymnast / Class of 2020
Kurt Thomas Invitational 2012   Floor   Alaina Level 7
Kurt Thomas Invitational 2012 Floor Alaina Level 7
Published: 2016/06/28
Channel: Alaina Drouin Gymnastics
Amari Sparks floor Kurt thomas
Amari Sparks floor Kurt thomas
Published: 2012/02/13
Channel: twinns77
Chelsi bars Kurt Thomas Classic
Chelsi bars Kurt Thomas Classic
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: Chelsigymnast
Bars Kurt Thomas 2017
Bars Kurt Thomas 2017
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Bell Johnson Gymnastics
Mia Townes Kurt Thomas 2013 Floor
Mia Townes Kurt Thomas 2013 Floor
Published: 2013/03/04
Channel: Townes Timeline
Cherish Billings HNI and Kurt Thomas Level 8
Cherish Billings HNI and Kurt Thomas Level 8
Published: 2013/03/03
Channel: cherish billings
Kurt Thomas invitational 2016 bars
Kurt Thomas invitational 2016 bars
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: Catherine Valadez
madison p: level 8: class of 2020: kurt thomas invitational
madison p: level 8: class of 2020: kurt thomas invitational
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: madison p
Kurt Thomas beam 2/7/15
Kurt Thomas beam 2/7/15
Published: 2015/08/25
Channel: Riley Thompson
Pommel horse flares
Pommel horse flares
Published: 2013/07/26
Channel: Kurt Pflieger
2016 Kurt Thomas Invitational - Bars
2016 Kurt Thomas Invitational - Bars
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: Alyssa LaDieu
9.85 Floor Routine .. Kurt Thomas invitational  Level 7
9.85 Floor Routine .. Kurt Thomas invitational Level 7
Published: 2014/02/24
Channel: Tracey Friend
Level 9 3rd Place Floor Routine Kurt Thomas Invite
Level 9 3rd Place Floor Routine Kurt Thomas Invite
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: Jayda Schroepfer
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Kurt Thomas
Medal record
Men's gymnastics
Representing  United States
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Strasbourg Floor exercise
Gold medal – first place 1979 Ft. Worth Floor exercise
Gold medal – first place 1979 Ft. Worth Horizontal bar
Silver medal – second place 1979 Ft. Worth All-around
Silver medal – second place 1979 Ft. Worth Parallel bars
Silver medal – second place 1979 Ft. Worth Pommel horse
Bronze medal – third place 1979 Ft. Worth Team competition
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1975 Mexico City Pommel horse
Silver medal – second place 1975 Mexico City Vault
Bronze medal – third place 1975 Mexico City All-around
Bronze medal – third place 1975 Mexico City Horizontal bar
American Cup
Gold medal – first place 1978 New York All-Around
Gold medal – first place 1979 New York All-Around
Gold medal – first place 1980 New York All-Around

Kurt Bilteaux Thomas (born March 29, 1956 in Miami, Florida) is an American Olympic gymnast.

Thomas competed for Indiana State University; where he was a five-time NCAA champion, winning the parallel bars and all-around in 1977 and parallel bars, horizontal bar and the all-around in 1979. Thomas helped lead the men's gymnastics to the 1977 National Championship.

He earned All-America honors 13 times in his career and was the James E. Sullivan award winner in 1979, as well as the 1979 Nissen Award (the "Heisman" of men's gymnastics) awardee.[1][2] He was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2010.

Thomas became a member of the US Olympic team at the 1976 Summer Olympics. In 1978, Thomas was the first American male gymnast to win a gold medal in floor exercise in a world championship. In 1979 he became the first gymnast to receive the James E. Sullivan Award for the best amateur athlete in the US and earned six medals at the World Championships, including gold on the horizontal bar and floor exercise, and silver in the all-around, parallel bars, and pommel horse. Coming off an impressive 1979 World Championship (6 medals), he was a favorite to win a gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics; however, the games were boycotted by the United States government.

Since the Olympics' strict amateurism rules at the time would have forced him to forgo many lucrative financial opportunities, Thomas elected not to attempt to compete in the 1984 Summer Olympics. With professionals allowed to compete by the time of the 1992 Summer Olympics, Thomas attempted a comeback. Despite his advanced age for a gymnast, he was able to make it to the 1992 United States Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials, but his performance there fell short of what was needed to make the team.

Two gymnastic moves were named for him, the Thomas Flair, a pommel horse move, and the Thomas salto, his signature skill on floor exercise, a tucked 1.5 backward salto with 1.5 twist into a roll out (a difficult and dangerous skill even by today's standards).[3] The Thomas Flair on pommel horse, and then also performed on floor, was developed over years by several Pommel Horse specialists.[4] However, in gymnastics, new moves are named in the gymnastics rule book after the gymnast who is the first to perform the move in international competition.

In 1996, Thomas married Rebecca Jones, a dancer who also choreographs gymnastic routines. They have 2 children together, named Kassidy and Hunter Thomas.

In 2003, Kurt was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.[5] He and his wife Rebecca currently operate the Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Training Center in Frisco, Texas. His gym has hosted the USAG-sanctioned Kurt Thomas International Invitational gymnastics meet annually since 2003, and still does it.


In popular culture[edit]

Thomas starred in the 1985 film Gymkata as an athlete sent by the US government to compete in a deadly competition called "The Game." The film earned Thomas a Razzie Award nomination for Worst New Star and was poorly received by critics, but has developed somewhat of a cult following due to its unintentional comedy.[6] Thomas also starred in the syndicated TV series True Confessions and has worked as a commentator for ABC Sports[7] and ESPN.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.gosycamores.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=15200&ATCLID=1550700
  3. ^ Skills Named for U.S. Gymnasts // USA Gymnastics
  4. ^ "Who Really Invented the Flair" (PDF). International Gymnast Magazine. October 1980. 
  5. ^ "KURT THOMAS". International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  6. ^ Rabin, Nathan (April 9, 2012). "Gymkata proves that tiny gymnasts make tough heroes". A.V. Club. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.gymn-forum.net/bios/men/thomas.html

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