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Kurt Thomas US First Male World GYM Champion (Gold Medal) Dies at the age of 64, Stardom, Career and Gymnastics Awards, Marriage, Death and Cause

Kurt Thomas Is Dead

Kurt Thomas was born on March 29, 1956, in Miami Florida. He was the first male American Olympic Gymnast to win the World Championship Gold Medal.

His father died when he was seven years old hence he was brought up by a single mother along with his other 3 siblings.

His childhood life was challenging financially and also said he suffered from two heart murmurs at the age of nine years old.

He had tried several sports before eventually landing on Gymnastics which he felt was perfectly fit for him.


He attended Indiana State University.


Kurt Thomas was the first American to win the Championship Gold Medal using Floor routine.

He won eight world Medals three of which are gold medals and James E. Sullivan Award.

He later retired and became an assistance gym coach at Arizona State University and a book writer.

So many gymnastics moves were named after him like Thomas Flair and Thomas Salto.

Thomas appeared regularly on late-night talk shows in the 1970s, was the first breakthrough American male star in a sport where the spotlight gravitates heavily toward women.

He also owned his own gymnastic studio.

Wife and Children

Kurt Thomas married Rebecca Jones (choreographer and dancer) and together they had two children Kassidy and Hunter.

His wife Rebecca reported,

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

Kurt Thomas Death

Thomas died on June 5th, 2020 at the age of 64 after suffering from a stroke in late May.


Funs, Colleagues, and Friends passed their condolences to the family.

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