Past Athletes

Personal Data

Surname: ScherboFirstname: VitalyCountry: BelarusDate of birth: 1972-01-13Birthplace : Minsk (USSR)Height: 169 cmWeight: 60.0 kg

Career Data

Discipline: gymnasticsOlympic Games (10 medals - 6 gold, 4 bronze)World Championships (23 medals - 12 gold, 6 silver, 5 bronze)European Championships (18 medals - 10 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze)World Cup (1 medal - 1 silver)
  • All-around: 1st (1992), 3rd (1996)
  • Teams: 1st (1992)
  • Pommel horse: 1st (1992)
  • Rings: 1st (1992)
  • Vault: 1st (1992), 3rd (1996)
  • Parallel bars: 1st (1992), 3rd (1996)
  • Horizontal bar: 3rd (1996)
  • All-around: 1st (1993), 2nd (1991, 1995), 3rd (1994)
  • Teams: 1st (1991)
  • Floor: 1st (1994, 1995, 1996), 2nd (1991, 1992), 3rd (1993)
  • Pommel horse: 1st (1992)
  • Rings: 1st (1992)
  • Vault: 1st (1993, 1994), 2nd (1991), 3rd (1995)
  • Parallel bars: 1st (1993, 1995), 2nd (1996)
  • Horizontal bars: 1st (1994), 3rd (1991, 1996)
  • All-around: 2nd (1996), 3rd (1992)
  • Teams: 1st (1994), 3rd (1996)
  • Floor: 1st (1990, 1992, 1996)
  • Pommel horse: 2nd (1992)
  • Rings: 2nd (1992)
  • Vault: 1st (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996)
  • Parallel bars: 1st (1996), 3rd (1992)
  • Horizontal bars: 1st (1990), 2nd (1994), 3rd (1996)
  • All-around: 2nd (1990)

Biography

Close to gymnastics perfectionA Soviet prodigy

With his six Olympic gold medals, Belarus gymnast Vitaly Scherbo took an automatic leap into the annals of the tournament's history alongside some of the athletes whose medal exploits he bettered at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona

Competing under the colours of the Community of Independent States (C.I.S.), he surpassed such legends as Jesse Owens (four gold- 1936) and Carl Lewis (four gold - 1984).

Scherbo's feats can perhaps best be measured by the fact that he only won one less Olympic gold than American swimmer Mark Spitz who took seven gold medals in 1972 and Michael Phelps who won eight titles in 2008.

Four years later in Atlanta, Scherbo again attempted to enter the record books by winning another three gold medals, to make nine in total - a feat that would have stood him equitably alongside the legendary Finnish athlete Paavo Nurmi, the Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina, and Spitz.

But Scherbo's campaign was scuppered by injury - to his ankles, wrists, shoulders, back and neck - and the stress from travelling, forcing him to "content himself" with four bronze medals in his final Olympic appearance.

It was still a fine exploit considering the fact that, prior to the Olympics, all his medals and savings were stolen during a burglary on his apartment.

Born in Minsk on January 13, 1972, Scherbo became a member of the Soviet national team at the age of 15.

Three years later, he became national champion. However, if not for a chance visit with his mother to a local gym Scherbo might never have had the chance to try his luck on the apparatus.

In trying his luck while his mother talked to her friends, Scherbo found himself a vocation - one which, after years of dedication and hard work, led to near-perfection and mastery of almost every gymnastics movement.

He was somewhat of an unappreciated champion. Rarely seen smiling, and rather mechanical during performances, the Belarussian was never the darling of the public or the media despite his extraordinary moves and results.

Vitaly Scherbo currently lives with his wife and daughter in Las Vegas and runs his own gymnasium as well as spending time reading, walking and fishing.


Photos

All around individual gymnast gold medalist Vitaly Scherbo from Unified team (Belarus), shows his gold medal to the public, Barcelona, 31 July 1992. Scherbo won 6 gold medals in Barcelona. Later, during the 1996's Olympic games, he took 3 bronze medals.Vitali Scherbo from Belarus performs on the vault 20 July during the men's team compulsories at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Scherbo, who won six gold medals at Barcelona, is a favorite for the gold medal in both floor and parallel bar events. (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNOVitali Scherbo from Belarus performs on the parallel bars 20 July during the men's team compulsories at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Scherbo, who won six gold medals at Barcelona, is a favorite for the gold medal in both floor and parallel bar events. (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) AFP PHOTO/IOPP/Eric FEFERBERGUnified team's Vitaly Scherbo (Belarus), performs at the rings to take the gold medal of the event, Barcelona, 02 August 1992. Scherbo won 6 medals during the 1992's Olympic's games.
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Advertisement
POSCOUNTRYGOLDSILVERBRONZETOTAL
1United States462929104
2China38272388
3Great Britain29171965
4Russia24263282
5South Korea138728
6Germany11191444
7France11111234
8Italy891128
9Hungary84517
10Australia7161235

The Philippines has not won a medal since Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco settled for silver in boxing via a controversial decision during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Mary Antoinette Rivero's tie for fifth place in Taekwondo is the closest any Filipino athlete came to a medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Arianne Cerdena won a gold in bowling at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, but Cerdena's gold was not included in the medal tally since bowling was considered only as a demonstration sport.

The Philippine basketball team wound up fifth place—best finish for an Asian country in the Olympics to date—in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the first time basketball was played as an Olympic sport.

The largest delegation the Philippines has ever sent to the Games was 53 in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

1972 was the last year the Philippine men's basketball team, which then paraded William 'Bogs' Adornado, Danny Florencio and Yoyong Martirez among others in its line up, has qualified for the Olympics.

The Philippines last reached the final round swimming 80 years ago when Jikirum Adjaluddin and Teofilo Yldefonso ended up in the final six in the 1932 Los Angeles Games.

Men's boxing has for medals in the Olympics with Anthony Villanueva, silver in the Featherweight Division of the 1964 Games in Tokyo; Leopoldo Serantes, third in 1988 Seoul; Roel Velasco, third in Barcelona; and his brother Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco, second in the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, though not competing, carries the Philippine flag at the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Philippines holds the record for winning the most medals without a gold haul with seven bronze and two silvers for a total of nine.

The Philippines is the first nation in the tropics to ever participate in the Winter Olympic Games.

John Baylon, a nine-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, and Jerry Diño were the last Filipino Olympic qualifiers in the discipline Judo, having vied in the 1992 Barcelona Games.

With only eight athletes in six sporting events for the London Games, this will be PH's smallest delegation since 1996.

The men's Philippine Basketball team is the first country to ever score 100 or more points in the 1948 Olympics after clobbering Iraq,102-30.

The Philippines participated in the Winter Olympics three times, in 1972 (Juan Cipriano and Ben Nanasca, alpine skiing), in 1988 (Raymund Ocampo, luge) and in 1992 (Michael Teruel, alpine skiing).

Harry Tañamor, the only Filipino predicted to win by the Sports Illustrated in its Olympic Preview edition, bows out in the first match up in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Philippines is the first country to compete and win an Olympic medal among Southeast Asian countries.

Teofilo Yldefonso is the first Filipino to win a medal and the only one to take home multiple medals. He finished third both in the Men's 200 meter breastroke during the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.

The Philippines has only won medals in three events since joining the Olympics in 1924.

The Philippines will shoot for its first gold medal in six of the following events in the 2012 London Olympics: Athletics, BMX, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting and Swimming.

Advertisement
Advertisement