Kurt Thomas Gymnast Biography – Kurt Thomas Gymnast Wiki
Kurt Thomas Gymnast (born Kurt Bilteaux Thomas) was an American Olympic gymnast. He became the first American in 46 years to win a gold medal at a World Championships when he captured the floor exercise title in 1978.
After the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Olympic Games, he retired. Thomas attempted a comeback at 36 years of age and made the national team, making him the oldest gymnast ever to make the USA National Team.
Thomas won the 1979 Sullivan Award and was selected CBS’s Athlete of the Year in 1979. He was also a three-time (1978-79-80) American Cup Champion. Thomas was selected to do commentary for gymnastics at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games.
Thomas starred at Indiana State, winning five NCAA titles and leading the Sycamores to the 1977 team crown. He won the AAU’s 1979 James E. Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur and was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2003.
Kurt Thomas Gymnast Age
Kurt Thomas was born on March 29, 1956, in Miami, Florida, United States as Kurt Bilteaux Thomas. He died on June 5, 2020. He was 64 years old.
Kurt Thomas Gymnast Wife
Kurt Thomas Gymnast Family
Kurt Thomas Gymnast and wife Rebecca Jones had two children, Kassidy Thomas and Hunter Thomas. Thomas also had a child, singer Kurt Travis, from a previous marriage.
Kurt Thomas Gymnast Death
Kurt Thomas died on June 5, 2020, at the age of 64. Kurt Thomas Gymnast’s wife, Beckie Thomas, said in a statement to International Gymnast Media: “Yesterday [June 5, 2020] I lost my universe, my best friend and my soul mate of twenty-four years. Kurt lived his life to the extreme, and I will be forever honored to be his wife.”
Olympic teammate Bart Conner said, “I am completely devastated to hear this. Kurt was a fierce rival, who went on to become a cherished friend. My heart is breaking for his wife Beckie, his children, Hunter, Kassidy and Kurt as well as the entire gymnastics community, who lost a true pioneer today.”
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci tweeted: “All of us in the gymnastics family are saddened, shocked and devastated by the passing of our own. Love to the family.”
Kurt Thomas Gymnast Cause of Death
Kurt Thomas Gymnast’s cause of death a stroke caused by a tear of the basilar artery in the brain stem.
Kurt Thomas Gymnast Net Worth
Kurt Thomas Gymnast’s net worth was estimated to be $2 million.
Kurt Thomas Gymnast Height
Thomas stood at a height of 5 feet 5 inches.