Nelly Furtado named after Nellie Kim


The Portuguese-Canadian hip-hop star Nelly Furtado was named after the fantastic Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim. (Nellie Vladimirovna Kim)

The same Nellie Kim that is currently President of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee of FIG.

Nelli_Kim.jpgI remember her better as the one somewhat unfairly overshadowed by Nadia in 1976. Nellie Kim competed Tsukahara with 1/1 twist (Nadia did pike Tsuk) and double back on Floor (Nadia did 2/1 twist). Both those skills were Olympic firsts.

I have not seen the Autobiography of Nellie Kim (86 pages), but it is for sale and available in English. Two additional books are available but only in Russian.

Yes, Nellie Kim. She won a load of gold medals at the Olympics in 1976 and I was born in 1978. My mom thought the name sounded cool, so I am Nelly Kim Furtado.

interview with Nelly Furtado


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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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