Vitaly Venediktovich Scherbo
) (, ), born 13 January 1972 in Minsk
, Byelorussian SSR
, is a Belarusian
and former Soviet artistic gymnast
. Arguably the greatest or most successful male gymnast of all time, he is the only male gymnast ever to have won a world title on all 8 events (Individual All-Around in 1993, Team in 1991, Floor in 1994, 1995 and 1996, Horizontal Bar in 1994, Parallel Bars in 1993 and 1995, Pommel Horse in 1992, Rings in 1992, Vault in 1993 and 1994). At the 1992 Olympics, he won 6 of 8 events (team, all-around, and 4 of 6 event finals - more golds at a single Olympics than any other gymnast in Olympic history), becoming the most successful athlete at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Scherbo was introduced to gymnastics at the age of seven by his mother in an attempt to channel the energy of her highly intelligent but uncontrollable young son. The coaches at his local club fared no better but, recognizing his talent, arranged for him to be sent to a state boarding school for young athletes. There he continued to delight and infuriate his tutors in equal measure, making huge progress as a gymnast but refusing to submit to any discipline.
Scherbo's first international performances were in 1990-1991, when he competed for the USSR
team at the World Championship
and the World Cup. He was the 1991 World All-Around silver medalist behind teammate Grigori Misutin; scored a perfect 10.0 on the vault
at the European Championships in 1990; and starred... Read More