June 23, 2021

Misha Koudinov Heading to 2020 Tokyo Olympics  


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State University gymnast Misha Koudinov will represent New Zealand at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Koudinov, who specializes on parallel bars, is making his second Olympic Games appearance, having competed on all six apparatus at the 2016 Rio Games for New Zealand. His highest finish was 16th on vault in Rio.

Koudinov, who is from Auckland, New Zealand, was a 2012 All-American for the Buckeyes and a 2013 team captain. He is the sixth Buckeye to compete in an Olympic Games and the fourth, along with Blaine Wilson , Raj Bhavsar and Jamie Natalie, to make two Olympic teams.

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Ohio State Gymnastics Olympians

Gil Pinto – Seoul, 1988

  • Pinto graduated from OSU in 1990 and was the program’s first Olympian. In 1988, Pinto was the only Brazilian gymnast to compete in the Seoul Games and the third male gymnast from Brazil to ever compete in the Olympics.

Kip Simons – Atlanta, 1996

  • Simons qualified for the 1996 Olympics after winning the Nissen Emery Award at OSU in 1994. In his Olympic debut with OSU teammate, Blaine Wilson, Team USA finished fifth in team competition at the Atlanta Games.

Blaine Wilson – Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000; Athens, 2004

  • A Columbus native, Wilson competed at OSU from 1994-97 where he won the Nissen Emery Award. In the 2004 Games, Wilson won the silver medal with Team USA after placing fifth in team competition in both the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

Jamie Natalie – Sydney, 2000 (alternate)

  • Natalie competed for OSU from 1998-2001 under former Team USA coach, Miles Avery. In 2000, Natalie was a two-time NCAA champion and won the Nissen Emery award in 2001. His outstanding collegiate performance earned him a spot in the 2000 Olympic Trials where he was selected as an alternate for the Sydney Games.

Raj Bhavsar – Athens, 2004 (alternate); Beijing, 2008

  • Bhavsar graduated from OSU in 2004, the same year he was named an alternate for his first Olympic games in Athens. In 2008, he was selected to compete where he won a bronze medal with Team USA.

Misha Koudinov – Rio, 2016

  • Koudinov represented Team New Zealand in 2016 after graduating from OSU in 2014. Although none of the three Team New Zealand gymnasts medaled in the Games, it was the first time since 2000 that New Zealand gymnasts competed in the Olympics.