Yulia Barsukova

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Yulia Barsukova
— Gymnast —
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Barsukova winning the gold medal at Sydney 2000 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Yulia Vladimirovna Barsukova
Country represented  Russia
Born (1978-12-31) 31 December 1978 (age 36)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 45 kg (99 lb)
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Club MGFSO
Head coach(es) Irina Viner
Assistant coach(es) Vera Chatalina
Retired 2000

Yulia Vladimirovna Barsukova (Russian: Ю́лия Влади́мировна Барсуко́ва, born 31 December 1978) is a Russian retired individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the 2000 Olympic champion in the All-Around, the 2000 Grand Prix Final All-around champion, the 1999 World All-around bronze medalist, 2000 European All-around bronze medalist and 1999 Grand Prix Final All-around bronze medalist.

Early life[edit]

Barsukova began figure skating at age five in the Izmaylovo District of Moscow where she lived. When she was eight years old, she passed a sports club and saw girls practicing rhythmic gymnastics through the window. Her father soon enrolled her in the sport. After three years, she moved to Tagansky District high school's rhythmic gymnastics department.

Competitive career[edit]

Barsukova was coached by Vera Silaeva until she was sixteen, when Silaeva took her student to Russia's head coach, Irina Viner. Viner was unimpressed initially but accepted her at the urging of Russia's national team choreographer, Veronica Shatkova.

Barsukova began competing at international competitions following the coaching change. For six years she competed under the shadow of other Russian gymnasts, Yanina Batyrchina, Amina Zaripova, Natalia Lipkovskaya and then Alina Kabaeva. Barsukova considered quitting rhythmic gymnastics until Viner persuaded her to stay and be patient. She had her breakthrough in 1998. During an event dedicated to the 15th anniversary of Ballet Magazine, Barsukova performed along with the stars of the theater. She performed her "Dying Swan" ball routine and received the unofficial title of Miss Bolshoi Theater.

2000 Olympics[edit]

(L-R) Alina Kabaeva (bronze), Yulia Barsukova (gold) and Yulia Raskina (silver) at 2000 Olympic Games Podium

Barsukova won many rhythmic gymnastics titles after her emergence in major competitions as a second member of the Russian team. She won gold in hoop at the 2000 World Cup Final in Glasgow and then gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics after a hoop fumble by then-World champion, Alina Kabaeva. She was the 2000 European All-around bronze medalist and won the rope final at the 2000 European Championships (9.983). She was the oldest Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics—21 years, 8 months and 27 days—until fellow Russian Evgenia Kanaeva won her second gold medal at London 2012 being aged 22 years, 4 months and 7 days.

After the Olympics, Barsukova won the all-around title at the Grand Prix Final in Deventer where she also won gold in ball, rope and ribbon final. She retired from competition following the 2000 Aeon Cup. She has participated in Russia's Channel One project "Stars on Ice".

Personal life[edit]

Barsukova is married to Denis Samokhin, a Russian former ice dancer and currently a coach.

Routine music information[edit]

Year Apparatus Music title [1]
2000 Hoop Nightmare music from Lord of the Dance by Ronan Hardiman
Rope Breath of Sax by dj dado feat control X
Ball The Dying Swan music from Carnival Of The Animals by Saint-Saëns Camille
Ribbon The Feeling Begins (from The Last Temptation of Christ) by Peter Gabriel
1999 Hoop Introduction: Moderato Assai - Allegro Ma Non Troppo from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky
Rope Act I: Danse Generale (Valse-Coda) music from Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Ball The Dying Swan music from Carnival Of The Animals by Saint-Saëns Camille
Ribbon The Feeling Begins (from The Last Temptation of Christ) by Peter Gabriel
1998 Hoop Introduction: Moderato Assai - Allegro Ma Non Troppo from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky
Clubs I was born in Mexico / Arabia music from Don Juan de Marco by Michael Kamen
Ball The Dying Swan music from Carnival Of The Animals by Saint-Saëns Camille
Ribbon At the Circus / Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (from Spartacus) by Aram Khatchaturian
1997 Hoop ?
Clubs I was born in Mexico / Arabia music from Don Juan de Marco by Michael Kamen
Ball The Dying Swan music from Carnival Of The Animals by Saint-Saëns Camille
Ribbon At the Circus / Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (from Spartacus) by Aram Khatchaturian
1996 Rope ?
Clubs I was born in Mexico / Arabia music from Don Juan de Marco by Michael Kamen
Ball The Dying Swan music from Carnival Of The Animals by Saint-Saëns Camille
Ribbon ?

Olympics Detail[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Music Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
2000 Olympics Sydney All-around 39.632 39.600
The Feeling Begins
by Peter Gabriel
Ribbon 9.933 9.900
The Dying Swan
by Saint-Saëns Camille
Ball 9.916 9.900
Nightmare
by Ronan Hardiman
Hoop 9.900 9.900
Breath of Sax
by dj dado feat control X
Rope 9.883 9.900

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