Scherbo, Vitaly, 1972–, Belarussian gymnast. Often considered to be the best male gymnast of all time, he had won at least one world title on each apparatus by the time he retired in 1997. He won his first national championship in 1990, in the last Soviet national tournament. Overall, he won 23 world championship medals, 12 of them gold, including the team event in 1991, the pommel horse and rings in 1992, the all-around, vault, and parallel bars in 1993, the floor exercise, vault, and horizontal bar in 1994, the floor exercise and parallel bars in 1995, and the floor exercise in 1996. In 1992, with the post-Soviet Unified Team, he became the first gymnast to win six gold medals (pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, combined exercises, and team event) in one Olympics competition. In 1996, representing Belarus, he won four bronze Olympic medals, in individual combined exercises, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar. He subsequently moved to the United States, where he opened a gymnastics school in Las Vegas in 1998.
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