|— Gymnast —|
|Full name||Katerina Yevgenyevna Pisetsky|
|Former countries represented||Ukraine|
February 26, 1986 |
Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Katerina Yevgenyevna "Katia" Pisetsky (Russian: Екатерина "Катя" Евгеньевна Писецки, Ukrainian: Катя Пісецька, Hebrew: קטרינה "קטיה" איבגניה פיסצקי, born February 26, 1986) is an Israeli rhythmic gymnast.
Pisetsky's parents enrolled her in rhythmic gymnastics when she was six years old. When her first coach, Svetlana Zaharova, moved to Germany, she insisted on Pisetsky going to Ludmila Kovalik, who was the coach of Oxana Skaldina, a former World Champion and Olympic medalist.
Pisetsky eventually joined Liubov Serebrianskaya at the Gratsia club in Simferopol. Her parents initially opposed the plan, which involved joining a boarding school, but accepted due to her grandmother's proximity to the city and ability to visit her often. Pisetsky shared a room with fellow rhythmic gymnast Svetlana Rudalova for two years. She gradually developed her body movements and apparatus techniques.
Pisetsky was a medalist at the Ukrainian Junior Championships. She made her international debut at a 1998 competition in Slovenia and won the event. In 2000, she placed seventh at the Club World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. Serebrianskaya was sick with cancer and could not attend the gym as often as before. Despite her coach's objections, Pisetsky's parents decided to move their daughter to Israel where she had already competed once, in 1999.
Pisetsky won the 2002 Israeli Cup. Her first international competition representing Israel was the Thias Grand Prix where she placed 24th in the All-Around. She was second at the 2003 Israeli Cup and consequently the second-ranked Israeli gymnast at the European Championship in Granada. At the 2002 European Championships, Pisetsky placed 13th in the All-Around, the best result by an Israeli gymnast at the event. She also competed at the 2003 European Championships, where only the top 15 European gymnasts competed.
She was a member of the Israel rhythmic group which placed in seventh in the finals.[which?]