Vladimir Gogoladze

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Vladimir Gogoladze
— Gymnast —
Personal information
Country represented  Georgia
Former countries represented  Soviet Union
Born (1966-08-18) 18 August 1966 (age 48)
Height 169cm (5'7")
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Club Armed Forces (Tblisi)

Vladimir Gogoladze (Russian: Владимир Гоголадзе, Georgian: ვლადიმერ გოგოლაძე), born 18 August 1966 in Tblisi, Georgian SSR, is a retired Georgian gymnast.

Gogoladze began competing at the elite level in 1985, at the age of 18,[1] taking silver medals in the all-around and high bar in the USSR Championships, and bronze medals at the European Championships in the all-around and parallel bars.[2]

He was a member of the Soviet "Dream Team" who won the team gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, and he is also known for being the first gymnast to perform a triple back on floor in the Olympics.[3] In the same year, he received the title Honored Master of Sports of the USSR.[4]

According to a report in Sovietsky Sport, Gogoladze and teammate Dmitri Bilozerchev were removed from the Soviet men's squad for the 1989 World Championships because of a two-day drinking binge.[5]

Gogoladze has two elements named after him. The first is a straddled Healy twirl on parallel bars. The second, on floor exercise, is a flair or circle to handstand, then continuing to flair or circle; this element is frequently performed and remains in the current Code of Points.[6]

Gogoladze now coaches at Crystal Lake in Illinois, where he has been on staff since 1994.[7]


  1. ^ Anatoly Ivanov, Moscow News, No. 23, 1985
  2. ^ Georgian National Olympic Committee, date unknown, "[1]", accessed 27 August 2012
  3. ^ peoples.ru, date unknown, "[2]", accessed 23 August 2012
  4. ^ Georgian National Olympic Committee, ibid.
  5. ^ New York Times, 3 August 1989, "[3]", accessed 23 August 2012
  6. ^ Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique, Code of Points, 2009 Edition, 42.
  7. ^ Crystal Lake Gymnastics Training Center, "[4]", accessed 27 August 2012

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