Power Ranking the 25 Best Women's Gymnasts in Olympic History

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Power Ranking the 25 Best Women's Gymnasts in Olympic History
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Take a moment and think about the history of gymnastics, the evolution of the sport. What do you see?

I see moments of greatness where gymnasts stood up and tried new impressive skills, where they shocked the crowd with stunning performances, powerful acrobatics and graceful dance moves. 

Women's gymnastics is one of the most-viewed sports in the Olympics, and it's because of the gymnasts who make the show worthwhile.

Here's a look at the 25 female gymnasts who I consider to be the greatest in Olympic history.

There was no set criteria for the rankings; but focus was on not only Olympic medals, but also the gymnast's performance at the Olympics and her impact on the sport as a whole.

Note: It can be argued impossible to compare gymnasts from different eras and to compare specialists with all-arounders, but I looked at what the athletes accomplished as a whole and based the rankings on what they did in relation to their time of competition.

The information regarding medals won was found from the medal databases at Olympic.org.

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