Kurt Thomas Net Worth: $2 million
Background: Kurt Thomas was an American gymnast, sports commentator, coach, actor, sports commentator and business owner with a net worth of $2 million.
Kurt Thomas was born on March 29, 1956. Thomas competed for Indiana State University, becoming one of the most popular athletes in the school's history, along with Larry Bird. He was a 5 time NCAA Champion. He was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2010.
Thomas became a member of the US Olympic team in 1976. In 1978, he was the first American male gymnast to win a gold medal in the floor exercise in a world championship event. At his peak, in 1979 after the World Championship (6 medals), he was a favorite to win a gold medal at the 1980 Olympics, however, the games were boycotted by the USA on the decision of its then President, Jimmy Carter. Two gymnastic moves were named for him, the Thomas Flair, pommel horse move, and the Thomas Salto, on floor exercise, a tucked 1.5 backward Salto with 1.5 twist into a roll out. In 2003, Thomas was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Thomas starred in the 1985 film Gymkata, as an athlete sent by the US government to compete in a deadly competition called The Game. He was also star of the TV series True Confessions; and worked as a sports commentator for both ABC Sports and ESPN.
His first child, a son, Kurt Travis, from his first marriage, is a famous American singer, songwriter, and musician. His son changed his last name from Thomas to Travis following his mother's remarriage.
Thomas married his wife Rebecca, a dancer and gymnastics choreographer, in 1996, and has two children, Kassidy and Hunter, from that marriage. Thomas and his wife operated the Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Training Center in Frisco, Texas. His gym has hosted the Kurt Thomas International Invitational gymnastics meet, a USAG approved event, annually since 2003. The gym boasts over 1100 State, Regional and National titles. Kurt Thomas died on June 5, 2020, from complications of a stroke he suffered a month earlier.