Valery Belenky

Valeri Vladimirovich Belenki (Russian: Валерий Владимирович Беленький, German: Valeri Belenki; born 5 September 1969) is a retired Azerbaijani artistic gymnast who competed in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.

Valeri Belenki
Full nameValeri Vladimirovich Belenki
Country represented Germany
Former countries represented Soviet Union
Born (1969-09-05) 5 September 1969 (age 52)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics


Belenki was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union (present day Azerbaijan), in a Jewish family.[1]

He competed for the Soviet Union/Unified Team until 1992 when this federation was disbanded following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Belenki's greatest achievements are the team gold and all around bronze he won with the Unified Team in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Belenky also won gold in the pommel horse event at the 1991 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, where he competed for the USSR.

Because Azerbaijan did not have a gymnastics federation for him to compete for in the 1993 world championships in Birmingham, Belenky instead competed as an unattached athlete. In 1994 he became a German citizen and represented that nation in the 1996 Olympics, helping the team to a seventh-place finish and coming 6th in the all-around.

In 2013, he was elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[2] In 2015, he was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame as a representative of Azerbaijan.

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  1. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics : With a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medallists. ISBN 9781903900871.
  2. ^ "International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame: Valeri Belenki".

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