- World Champion Gymnast, Kurt Thomas has died from stroke at the age of 64 years.
- Kurt Thomos cause of death was a severe stroke which he suffered two weeks after
Kurt Thomas, was one of the popular gymnast who took the lead on the 1978 U.S. gymnastics team to its first U.S. World Championships gold medal, has died at the age of 64.
According to reports, Thomas died on Friday 6 June 2020 at the age of 64 after a long battle with stroke in two weeks. this was as reported by the International Gymnast Media & also Nadia Comaneci who revealed the news on Saturday through her twitter page.
All of us in the gymnastics family are sadden ,shocked and devastated by the passing of our own
Love to the family ❤️🙏
RIP Kurt Thomas pic.twitter.com/muhQ8MUJJc
— Nadia Comaneci (@nadiacomaneci10) June 6, 2020
He was a three-time American Cup gold medalist, best known for his pommel horse move the Thomas flair and Thomas salto maneuver for floor exercise, also starred in the 1985 martial arts thriller “Gymkata.”
Real name Kurt Bilteaux Thomas was born on March 29 1956 in Maimi Florida.
he was a five-time NCAA champion, winning the parallel bars and all-around in 1977 and parallel bars, horizontal bar and the all-around in 1979. Thomas helped lead the men’s gymnastics to the 1977 National Championship.
He earned All-America honors 13 times in his career and was the James E. Sullivan award winner in 1979, as well as the 1979 Nissen Award (the “Heisman” of men’s gymnastics) awardee.
He was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2010.
Thomas became a member of the US Olympic team at the 1976 Summer Olympics. In 1978, Thomas was the first American male gymnast to win a gold medal in floor exercise in a world championship.
In 1979 he became the first gymnast to receive the James E. Sullivan Award for the best amateur athlete in the US and earned six medals at the World Championships, including gold on the horizontal bar and floor exercise, and silver in the all-around, parallel bars, and pommel horse. Coming off an impressive 1979 World Championship (6 medals), he was a favorite to win a gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics; however, the games were boycotted by the United States government.
Thomas in 1996 got married to Rebecca Jones, a dancer who also choreographs gymnastic routines.
They had two children together, Kassidy and Hunter Thomas. Thomas also had a child from a previous marriage, singer Kurt Travis.