Mzia /Medea/ Jugheli

1924 - / athlete

Mzia Jugheli was the first Georgian female Olympic champion, eight-time Soviet champion and winner or medallist in many international artistic gymnastics tournaments. She won 13 gold, nine silver and six bronze medals in various international competitions during her career. After her Olympic victory in 1952 she was declared a meritorious athlete of the Soviet Union and later coached the Georgian and USSR women's gymnastics teams.

Since 1992 Mzia has been the vice-president of the Georgian National Gymnastics Federation. In 1996 she was invited to the Atlanta Summer Olympics as an honorary female Olympian. Her photos were put on display at the Olympic Museum there. In 2005 International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge presented her with a special diploma for her contribution to women's athletics. That same year she became the honorary president of the Georgian National Gymnastics Federation.