|— Gymnast —|
|Country represented||Soviet Union|
August 15, 1960|
|Died||March 23, 2009|
Irina Gabashvili (born August 15, 1960 in Tbilisi, Georgia – died on March 23, 2009) was a Georgian-born Soviet gymnast. She began gymnastics at age 10 and was coached by Nelli Saladze. She was the 1979 World individual all-around bronze medalist.
She spent countless hours cooking traditional Georgian foods with her family, and had an addiction to dark chocolate.
She spent seven years coaching the Malaysian gymnastics team, which won the team gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. She moved to the U.S. in May 2000. Her American pupils included 2001 world team member Danielle Lord.
Besides being a coach, she was also a National-level judge for rhythmic gymnastics.
She was married to Sergo Maevski and had a son, Dima Maevski.
Irina Gabashvili was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. She underwent chemotherapy, but the cancer eventually returned. She died on March 23, 2009. A memorial service was held at Holy New Martyrs of Russia Orthodox Church in Mulino, Oregon. She is survived by husband Sergo Maevski, son Dima Maevski, and sister Ekaterine Gabashvili.