The first U.S. male gymnast to win a world championship gold medal, Kurt Thomas passed away. He won the gold medal at the world championships in 1978. Thomas won a record six gold medals at the 1979 world championships. His record has since been tied by Simone Biles, who accomplished the feat at the 2018 world championships. Prior to competing professionally, Thomas was a five-time NCAA champion at Indiana State University. He led the gymnastics team to a national championship in 1977.