Vera Cerna

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Vera Cerna first appeared on the scene at the 1977 European Championships. She quickly emerged as a capable All-Arounder after finishing in 6th place at the 1977 World Cup, 1978 World Championships, and the 1979 World Championships. Cerna was also a standout beam worker having won the gold medal on beam at the 1979 World Championships.

Many were quick to compare Cerna to Vera Caslavska. They not only shared the same first name, but the same initials! Cerna was Czechoslovakia’s best hope to return the program back to its former glory after the Czechoslovakians fallen on hard times in the aftermath of Caslavska’s retirement. Vera Cerna never made it to the Olympics. Her career ended under tragic circumstances when she suffered a broken vertebrae just weeks before the Olympics. After two months in the hospital Cerna regained the ability to walk, but her gymnastics career was over.

World Championships/Olympic Competition:


European Championships: 18th-AA
World Cup: 2nd-FX
Chunichi Cup: 9th-AA
Antibes International: 4th-AA

Champions All: 10th-AA
American Cup: 4th-AA
World Cup: 2nd-UB, 1st-BB

World Championships: 1st-BB
World Cup: 3rd-UB

American Cup: 5th-AA
Kosice International: 3rd-AA


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Results are taken from Score for Score, The Gymternet, GymnasticGreats, My Meet Scores, Gymn-Forum, the official websites of various national gymnastics federations, newspaper clippings, classic gymnastics magazines, and in some cases, were provided by the gymnasts themselves. An explanation for the meaning of these undefined symbols can be found here.

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