Antonina Koshel

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Antonina Koshel
Full name Antonina Vladimirovna Koshel
Country represented  Soviet Union
Born (1954-11-20) 20 November 1954 (age 63)
Smalyavichy, Belarussian SSR, Soviet Union
Residence Minsk, Belarus
Height 1.54 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight 40 kg (88 lb)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Club Trudovye Rezervy Minsk
Retired 1974

Antonina Vladimirovna Koshel (Russian: Антонина Владимировна Кошель, Belarusian: Антаніна Уладзіміраўна Кошаль; born 20 November 1954) is a retired Soviet artistic gymnast. She competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in all artistic gymnastics events and won a gold medal in the team allround competition. Individually her best achievement was 12th place on the balance beam and vault.[1]

Koshel began gymnastics after following her older sister, Natalia, into the gym. However, Koshel preferred ballet over gymnastics, but she was not accepted into a local ballet school. After that, she moved to the Minsk sports boarding school to train in gymnastics. She returned to Smalyavichy when her family had trouble paying for the school. However, her coach Viktor Khomutov persuaded Koshel's parents to let her stay in Minsk. She caught the eye of the national team coaches after winning the all-around competition at the 1970 All-Union Youth Championships. She was invited to join the national team after the 1971 Riga International.[2]

Out of the twenty-four possible choices, Koshel was one of the seven women chosen to represent the Soviet Union at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The Soviet Union won the team gold medal.[3] Koshel qualified twentieth into the all-around final with a score of 73.000,[4] and she finished sixteenth in the final with a total of 74.200.[5]

Koshel retired from gymnastics in 1974, and she now works as a coach in Minsk. She is now married and has two daughters.[2]


  1. ^ "Antonina Koshel". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Antonina Koshel (USSR)". Gymn Fourm. 18 September 2004. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Games of the 20th Olympiad Munich 1972 Women's Team Final". Gymnastics Results. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Games of the 20th Olympiad Munich 1972 Women's AA Qualification". Gymnastics Results. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Games of the 20th Olympiad 1972 Women's All-Around Final". Gymnastics Results. Retrieved 22 January 2015.