Irina Vdovets

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Irina Vdovets was the only US Olympic Coach in Women's rhythmic gymnastics to serve in that role for two Olympics. She is also the founder of the Illinois Rhythmic Gymnastics Center and serves on the board of Youth Centers of Israel, part of Keren Yaldenu. Keren Yaldenu (founded in 1953 or 1954) is an organization that runs seven Jewish youth centers in Israel.


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