America's first World Champion was one of my very own first gay crushes. Along with Zack Morris, Kurt Thomas made me just a little more excited than usual as a seven-year-old.
Kurt suffered a back injury in 1980 and ultimately said fuck it about competing at Olympic Trials once it was clear the US was boycotting. Thus, we won't see him recognized at this year's National Championships. In 1979, Kurt was the 2nd best gymnast in the world in the all-around, won floor and high bar, was second on parallel bars, and third on pommel horse and with the team. He also won a gold on floor in Strausburg in '78 that made Marcia Frederick all sorts of jealous. She wanted to be the first American to win gold at worlds.
Following his gymnastics career, Kurt went Hollywood and starred in one the most infamous movies of all time. Only in Gymkata can someone fight off ninjas with Thomas flairs.