Dina Kochetkova

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Dina Kochetkova
— Gymnast —
Country represented  Russia
Born (1977-07-27) July 27, 1977 (age 36)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Eponymous skills Kochetkova
Retired 1996

Dina Anatolyevna Kochetkova (Russian: Дина Анатольевна Кочеткова, born July 27, 1977, Moscow, Russian SFSR) is a Russian gymnast who competed at the 1996 Olympics. Stylistically, Dina was considered by many to be the "last of the Soviets," performing difficult skills with elegant, clean technique. An element she pioneered, a full-twisting back handspring on beam, remains in the Code of Points as "the Kochetkova".

Kochetkova was a member of the Soviet national team from the early 1990s. She won four medals at the 1991 Junior European Championships, placing second on the floor exercise and third in the all-around, vault and balance beam. She continued to succeed in minor international meets; however, she would not come to prominence as a key member of the Russian team for several more years.

1994 was Kochetkova's breakthrough year. She won the Russian National Championships, the Goodwill Games all-around, and three individual medals at the World Gymnastics Championships in Brisbane: bronze in the all-around, behind Shannon Miller and Lavinia Miloșovici; gold on the floor exercise and another bronze on the uneven bars. Many people felt she was robbed of the 1994 World AA title due to lack of reputation. Kochetkova won three more medals (silver AA and team; bronze FX) at the European Championships and shared in the team bronze medal at the World Team Championships in Dortmund. However by the Team World Championships she was suddenly finding herself outshone by rising teammate Svetlana Khorkina.

At the 1995 World Championships, Dina, along with the entire Russian team, had a disappointing meet. The Russian women finished off the podium in the team competition; while Dina qualified for the all-around and two event finals, subpar performances and a low vault score kept her out of medal contention. At the 1996 World Championships Kochetkova rallied with a high balance beam score of 9.887 to win the event; at the '96 Europeans she earned a bronze on floor.

Kochetkova was a member of the Russian team for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and was considered a viable medal contender on several events. Prior to the competition, the Russian team was considered one of the strongest there, and great things were expected from Dina, world bars champion Svetlana Khorkina and returning Olympian Rozalia Galiyeva. After a strong showing in the compulsory exercise, the Russians had a narrow lead at the halfway stage and were clearly delighted as they left the arena. However, errors from several gymnasts, combined with nerves from the high pressure event and the noise from the mostly-American crowd, dropped them to 2nd place in the finals. Dina, as one of the most experienced team members, showed strong performances and seemed one of the least affected by the high octane atmosphere, but it was not enough to rescue her team from silver.

Kochetkova qualified in third place to the all-around competition, and was tied for the lead with Chinese star Mo Huilan after 3 rotations. A decision to perform a difficult 1½ twisting Yurchenko vault in the final rotation proved to be unwise; Dina could not perform the skill as cleanly as her simpler vaults. Her low vault score dropped her to sixth place for the individual competition—the highest of the Russians, but still shy of a medal. Had she managed a 9.681 average (easily attainable for her with her 9.9 valued vault) she would have won the AA silver behind Lilia Podkopayeva of Ukraine. And while she placed into three separate Event Finals, she had no better fortune there, finishing fourth on the balance beam and fifth on uneven parallel bars and floor exercise. Had she duplicated her beam performance form any of the earlier rounds she would have managed at least the silver medal, as her previous lowest optional beam score was a 9.825.

The Olympics were Kochetkova's last major competition. She underwent knee surgery in 1997 after her retirement and currently lives in Moscow with her husband, working as a personal trainer.

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
1992 European Championships 12th
1994 European Championships 2nd 2nd 3rd
Goodwill Games 1st 1st
World Championships 3rd 3rd 6th 3rd 1st
1995 World Championships 4th 8th 6th 6th
1996 European Championships 2nd 5th 4th 8th 7th 3rd
World Championships 1st
Olympic Games 2nd 6th 5th 4th 5th
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta Team 2 388.404
All-Around 6 38.980 3 77.986
Vault 13 19.399
Uneven Bars 5 9.787 4 19.625
Balance Beam 4 9.737 3 19.500
Floor Exercise 5 9.800 11 19.462
World Championships San Juan Uneven Bars (Semi−Final) 15 9.250
Uneven Bars (Qualification) 4 9.762
Balance Beam 1 9.887
Balance Beam (Semi−Final) 2 9.862
Balance Beam (Qualification) 1 9.875
Floor Exercise (Semi−Final) 14 9.425
Floor Exercise (Qualification) 6 9.725
European Championships Birmingham Team 2 115.659
All-Around 5 38.730 2 38.961
Vault 4 9.725 6 9.725
Uneven Bars 8 9.262 5 9.787
Balance Beam 7 9.000 3 9.687
Floor Exercise 3 9.800 3 9.762
1995 World Championships Sabae Team 4 384.689
All-Around 8 38.686 3 77.811
Vault 9 19.275
Uneven Bars 6 9.737 4 19.525
Balance Beam 6 9.725 3 19.524
Floor Exercise 12 19.487
1994 World Championships Dortmund Team 3 194.546 4 385.515
Brisbane All-Around 3 39.125
Vault 6 9.699 7 9.662
Uneven Bars 3 9.850 3 9.812
Balance Beam 11 9.550
Floor Exercise 1 9.850 4 9.687
European Championships Stockholm Team 2 115.422
All-Around 2 39.224
Floor Exercise 3 9.850
  • Competitor for Russia
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1992 European Championships Nantes All-Around 12 38.799
Vault 32 9.650
Uneven Bars 15 9.712
Balance Beam 10 9.825
Floor Exercise 28 9.612

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