Ragan Smith is congratulated by Bela Karolyi during the  2016 US  Olympic Trials. Photograph:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Bela Karolyi is the most successful coach in the history of gymnastics. From Nadia Comaneci at the Montreal Olympics to the USA’s so-called “Magnifice(...)

‘You don’t sleep for two days. You can barely move. The three steps from the kitchen to the hall are Mount Kilimanjaro.’ Photograph: Getty Images

It’s not that I mean to keep having short-term, meaningless, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it flings. I’d actually like to be able to hold down a grown-up, lo(...)

Olga Korbut, the Russian gymnast doing a chest roll on the beam.  Photograph:  Graham Wood/Getty Images

Olga Korbut, the former Soviet gymnast whose performances dazzled the world at the 1972 Munich games, has sold her Olympic medals and other memorabili(...)

Simone Biles of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team Final  in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

Simone Biles is threatening to loom over every other star at these Olympics although she stands at 4’ 8” in pumps, not including pony-tail. On a bri(...)

 Gymnast Simone Biles: In competition, on the beam, on the vault or on the floor, she is a study of impeccable grace under pressure. Photo:  Harry How/Getty Images)

There are many different ways to gauge the greatness of Simone Biles. Icons from different eras testify she is the best gymnast they’ve ever seen, Nad(...)