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Former Soviet gymnast Korbut sells off Olympic medals
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Former Soviet gymnast Korbut sells off Olympic medals

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Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut,who stunned the world at the 1972 Munich Olympics, has sold her medal haul and other trophies in a US auction.

The sale of seven lots – including two golds and a silver from the Munich Games – fetched 183,300 dollars for Korbut.

The most expensive item was her team gold sold for 66,000.

Born in Belarus, Korbut moved to the US in 1991.

In 1972, at the height of the Cold War, Korbut’s breathtaking gymnastics won millions of admirers in the West when she was just 17.

Just 1.5m tall, she was nicknamed “the Sparrow from Minsk”.

Her captivating smile and quirky charm helped to turn her into an Olympic legend.

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