Natalia Godunko

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Nataliya Godunko
— Gymnast —
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Personal information
Country represented  Ukraine
Born (1984-12-05) December 5, 1984 (age 30)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Years on national team 1998-2010
Retired 2010

Natalia Godunko (Ukrainian: Наталія Олександрівна Годунко; Russian: Наталья Александровна Годунко, born 5 December 1984) is a Ukrainian former individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the 2004 Grand Prix Final All-around champion and the 2003 Grand Prix Final All-around bronze medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Godunko was born in Kiev, in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union (in present day Ukraine).

Godunko online auctioned her Team All-Around gold medal won in the 2001 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships to support the Ukrainian army who at the time was fighting a war in Donbass.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Godunko started training in rhythmic gymnastics in 1990 at age six. She trained in Kiev under the mother/daughter coaching team of Albina and Irina Deriugina. Her coaches did not notice her for a while—she was not tall with long legs, which was preferred by the Deriugins School—but her speed and technique with apparatus and on elements eventually attracted their attention.

In 1998, Godunko became a member of the Ukrainian national team and competed as a junior at the World Youth Games in Moscow, placing sixth.

As a senior, Godunko competed as part of the Ukrainian group for several years, as well as occasionally competing in individual events with little success. She was the third-ranked gymnast in Ukraine for a while. She began her breakthrough at the 2002 Ukrainian Nationals, winning bronze in all-round and all gold medals in the finals. In 2003, she competed in ball at her first Grand Prix, the Deriugina Cup, and then competed in hoop and ribbon at the Holon Grand Prix and in ribbon at the Berlin Grand Prix. She won the bronze all-around medal at the 2003 Grand Prix Final in Innsbruck, Austria.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Godunko qualified in fourth with a score of 102.750. In the final, she scored: Ribbon 26.125, Clubs 26.375, Ball 25.800, Hoop 25.500, and finished fifth overall behind Kazakh gymnast Aliya Yussupova.[3] She won the 2004 Grand Prix Final in all-around and won two more gold medals in ball and ribbon.

In 2005, Godunko was a rival to Anna Bessonova for the position of Ukraine's top gymnast. In front of a home audience, Godunko won the Deriugina Cup title. She was the only Ukrainian to win a gold medal, in ribbon, at the 2005 European Championships.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Godunko finished seventh in the All-around finals with an overall score of 68.850 points. She briefly returned to competition in 2010.

Routine music information[edit]

Year Apparatus Music title [4]
2010 Hoop Smooth Criminal music from Encore! by David Garrett
Rope Hot Fuji music from The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift by Brian Tyler
Ball Palladio music from Escala by Escala
Ribbon Grand Guignol music from Mar Dulce by Bojofondo Tango Club
2008 Hoop Night On Bald Mountain by Modest Moussorgsky
Rope Gopak ( Ukrainian Traditional )
Clubs "L'estate" (Summer) 3. Presto music from The Four Seasons Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315 by Vivaldi
Ribbon Tsiganochka / Gypsy Girl ( Traditional Folk )
2007 Hoop Night On Bald Mountain by Modest Moussorgsky
Rope Act 1 finale Death of Giselle, Love Scene music from Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Clubs Better Have Some Ky / Dazzle Me / You Can Save Her music from Déjà Vu by Harry Gregson Williams
Ribbon Beirut Taxi music from Syriana by Alexandre Desplat
2006 Ball (second) Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) by Gotan project
Ball (first) Attack music from Pearl Arbor by Hans Zimmer
Rope Act 1 finale Death of Giselle, Love Scene music from Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Clubs Gopak ( Ukrainian traditional )
Ribbon Night Borders / Camel Race / Main Theme music from The Mummy by Jerry Goldsmith
2005 Ball Taped Evidence / Cat and Mouse music from Paparazzi by Brian Tyler
Rope La Goutte D'Or by Saint Germain
Clubs Gopak ( Ukrainian traditional )
Ribbon Bumble Bee Boogie by Robert Wells
2004 Hoop Suite No. 2: Entrance of the Merchants - Dance of a Roman Courtesan - General Dance
music from Spartacus Suite by Aram Khachaturian
Ball Technologicque Park by Orbital
Clubs Tetsujin music from Matrix Revolutions by Juno Reactor & Don Davis
Ribbon Bumble Bee Boogie by Robert Wells
2003 Hoop Session / Zion / Mona Lisa Overdrive music from Matrix Reloaded by Linkin Park / Fluke / Don Davis & Juno Reactor
Ball Ruby Rap / The Diva Dance music from the 5th Element by Eric Serra
Clubs Movement X music from Mythodea by Papathanassiou Vangelis
Ribbon Bumble Bee Boogie by Robert Wells
2002 Hoop Revisiting The Race, The Race music from The Skulls by Randy Edelman
Rope Sing! Sing! Sing! (Part 1) / Sing! Sing! Sing! (Part 2) by Bob Fosse
Clubs Movement X music from Mythodea by Papathanassiou Vangelis
Ball Heat Miser by Massive Attack

Detailed Olympic results[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Music Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
2008 Olympics Beijing All-around 68.850 69.400
Night On Bald Mountain by Modest Moussorgsky Hoop 17.500 17.375
Hopak - Ukrainian Folk Rope 16.700 17.500
"L'estate" (Summer) 3. Presto by Vivaldi Clubs 17.525 17.650
Tsiganochka / Gypsy Girl Ribbon 17.125 16.875
Year Competition Description Location Music Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
2004 Olympics Athens All-around 103.800 102.750
Technologicque Park by Orbital Ball 25.800 25.900
Spartacus Suite by Aram Khachaturian Hoop 25.500 25.975
Tetsujin music from Matrix Revolutions
by Juno Reactor & Don Davis
Clubs 26.375 26.075
Bumble Bee Boogie by Robert Wells Ribbon 26.125 24.800

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Ukrainian) World Champion sells her "gold" to support the army, Ukrayinska Pravda (3 August 2014)
  2. ^ Ukraine crisis timeline, BBC News
  3. ^ "Nataliya Hodunko". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Godunko RG music list". rgforum. 

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