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Four Inducted into IGHOF
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Former stars Simona Amanar, Yelena Davydova, Eberhard Gienger and Shigeru Kasamatsu were inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in ceremonies held Friday evening in Oklahoma City.

Amanar's competitive career included gold medal-winning performances for Romania at two Olympic Games. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, she placed first on vault, second on floor exercise and third (tie) all-around. At the 2000 Sydney Games, she placed first all-around and third on floor exercise. Amanar's best results in World Championships competition include first place (tie) on vault in 1995, first on vault in 1997, second all-around in 1997, second on vault in 1996 and 1999, and second on floor exercise in 1999.

Davydova, a native of Voronezh, Russia, won the 1980 Olympic all-around title and finished third all-around at the 1981 World Championships. She now coaches in Ontario, Canada.

Gienger, from Germany, won the gold medal on high bar at the 1974 World Championships and tied for the bronze on high bar at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Kasamatsu was the all-around gold medalist at the 1974 World Championships, where he also placed first on floor exercise and vault. He won three individual medals and a team gold with Japan at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and finished first on high bar at the 1978 World Championships.

Also honored in Oklahoma City was Vicelia Florenzano of Brazil, who received the International Order of Merit. Her achievements include serving as the president of the Pan American Union and Brazilian Gymnastics Federation, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation.

Read in-depth coverage of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in the June 2007 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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