Svetlana Grozdova

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Svetlana Grozdova
— Gymnast —
Country represented  Soviet Union
Born (1959-01-29) January 29, 1959 (age 55)
Rostov on Don
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics

Svetlana Khristoforovna Grozdova (Russian: Светлана Христофоровна Гроздова, born January 29, 1959 in Rostov on Don[1]) is a retired Soviet Russian gymnast.

She started training in gymnastics at age 8 and was coached by Russian gymnastics coach Ruslan Lavrov in a gym in Rostov-on-Don. She was a member of the Soviet Union's 1976 Olympics Gold medal-winning gymnastics team alongside Maria Filatova, Nellie Kim, Elvira Saadi, Ludmilla Tourischeva and Olga Korbut.

In 1974 and 1976, she was the Moscow News All Around champion. She was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor in 1976.[2] In 1980 she left the world of competitive gymnastics and took up sports acrobatics and was competing in it by the mid-1980s.

Her best event was the balance beam. Despite not winning any Olympic medals in this event, she was a pro at wowing the crowds at USSR gymnastics exhibitions around the world with her tremendous flexibility and mesmerising balance on her hands. She had an unusually flexible, rubber-like spine which allowed her to perform walkovers along the 4" (10 cm) width of the balance beam, and to do a split handstand at the very end of the beam and touching the beam with her foot behind her head.

Achievements (non-Olympic)[edit]

Year Event AA Team VT UB BB FX
1974 USSR Championships 1st 3rd
Moscow News 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
1976 USSR Championships 1st 2nd 3rd
Moscow News 1st 1st 3rd

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Russian) Profile at Gymnast.ru[dead link]
  2. ^ Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games. (in Russian) (2nd ed. ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 542.