Renald Knysh, Belarusian artistic gymnastics coach, Died at 87

Renald Ivanovich Knysh was born on September 10, 1931, and died on April 19, 2019; he was a Soviet and Belarusian coach in artistic gymnastics best recognised as the coach of Olga Korbut.

He was an Honored Сoach of the BSSR and the USSR, Honorary Сitizen of Grodno.

Renald was born in Kapyl, Minsk Region, and was the Belarusian junior champion in 1949. He began coaching in 1953 at the Grodno children’s sports school No. 3.


He was the coach of Olympic champions Yelena Volchetskaya in 1964 and Korbut in 1972 and 1976, as well as Soviet national champion Tamara Alekseeva.

After the 1972 Olympics, as part of the Soviet delegation, Renald met with US President Richard Nixon.

After the 1980 Olympic Games and the conflict with Olga Korbut was forced to leave the sport. He lived in Mineralnye Vody, Tallinn, Kaliningrad.

In 1989, he returned to Grodno. He wrote poetry (began to get involved in verification in three years) and memoirs.

As an adult, Korbut accused Knysh of sexually abusing her, which he denied.

Renald worked on drawing up the benefits that were used by the Russian athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympics, but they did not win approval from the sports management.

Renald Ivanovich Knysh passed away in Grodno in April 2019, aged 87.