The Female Gymnasts with the Most World Medals

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1. Svetlana Khorkina, Russia: 20

Gymnast Svetlana Khorkina

Svetlana Khorkina won three world all-around titles, and competed for nearly a decade of world championships, from 1994 until her final worlds in 2003. With nine gold, eight silver, and three bronze medals, her longevity and incredible medal count will be tough for any gymnast to top.

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2. Gina Gogean, Romania: 15

Gymnast Gina Gogean
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Gina Gogean was one of the most solid gymnasts of the 1990s: She rarely took your breath away with her gymnastics, but she was always consistent, cool, and hit when it counted. The result: more world medals than just about any other gymnast.

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3. Simone Biles, USA: 14

Simone Biles at 2015 worlds
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In just three world championship appearances, Simone Biles has amassed 14 world medals -- and more golds (10), than any other female gymnast in history. If she sticks around after the Rio Olympics, she could be the first gymnast in more than a decade to give Khorkina a run at the top spot.

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3. Larisa Latynina, USSR: 14

Larisa Latynina
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Larisa Latynina holds the record for most Olympic medals of any gymnast with an astounding 18, so it's not surprising that she has quite a few world medals to call her own as well. Latynina competed for more than a decade in the 1950s and 60s, and won at least one world title on every individual event, in the all-around, and with the Soviet team.

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5. Lavinia Milosovici, Romania: 13

Lavinia Milosovici
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Another Romanian gymnast known for her consistency, Milosovici was also an excellent gymnast on each event: She won a world or Olympic title on each individual event during the course of her career in the mid-90s. She also earned bronze in the all-around in two successive Olympic Games (1992 and 1996).

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6. Ludmilla Tourischeva, USSR: 11

Ludmilla Tourischeva
Ludmilla Tourischeva in 1975. © Tony Duffy / Getty Images

Ludmilla Tourischeva was the leader of the Soviet team in the early 1970s, though was often overshadowed by her teammate Olga Korbut, who captured the hearts of the crowds. She won two world all-around titles, in 1970 and 1974, and may have won many more world medals if world championships had been held every year in the '70s, instead of every two years. 

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6. Nellie Kim, USSR: 11

Gymnast Nellie Kim
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Fellow Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim tied Tourischeva's 11 world medals, though the two gymnasts only overlapped for one world championships (and Kim only won two medals at the 1974 worlds.) Kim excelled at the 1976 Olympics, winning both vault and floor, and then continued the momentum through the next worlds in 1978, where she earned gold on the same two events, and in 1979, where she captured the all-around gold.

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6. Yelena Shushunova, USSR: 11

Yelena Shushunova
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Yelena Shushunova, also competing for the former Soviet Union, earned 11 world medals by dominating both the 1985 and 1987 worlds. She won a medal on ever single individual event, in the all-around and with the team in 1987, and earned a medal in everything but uneven bars in 1985.

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6. Oksana Chusovitina

Oksana Chusovitina 1994 Goodwill Games
Oksana Chusovitina at the 1994 Goodwill Games. © Chris Cole / Getty Images

On an incredibly impressive list, Oksana Chusovitina stands out beyond all others for her longevity in the sport. Chusovitina won her first world medal in 1991, and her most recent in 2011. That is not a typo -- she has been at the top of the sport for more than 20 years.

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6. Aliya Mustafina, Russia: 11

Aliya Mustafina
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Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina was the world all-around champion in her rookie worlds, in 2010, and since then has earned 11 medals, over three different world championships. Had she been able to compete in the 2015 worlds (she was out due to injury), she'd undoubtedly by higher up on this list.