Olga Korbut started her gymnastic training at an early age of 8. Korbut got admitted in a sports school when she was 11 years old. Korbut's first competition was the 1969 USSR Championships. She finished the competition in the fifth place. In the 1970 USSR Championships, Korbut won the first gold medal of her career in the vault event. Korbut could not compete in all tournaments before the 1972 Munich Summer Games because of illness. In the 1972 Summer Games, she won three gold medals and one silver medal. In 1973, Korbut won the Russian and World Student Games and became silver medalist in the all-round event at the European Championships. Korbut participated in the 1976 Montreal Summer Games as a challenge for Romanian Nadia Comaneci. In the competition, Korbut's performance was below expectation. However, she managed to win her fourth Olympic title in the team event. She also won silver medal in the balance beam event. In 1977, Korbut retired from Olympic competition.